Hoyerswerda – Anyone visiting Sigrid Grosa (76) will be treated like a king. The retired restaurateur wants her guest for nothing. She doesn’t have much herself …
“I live on a pension of 1192 euros. After rent, costs for the car, telephone, etc. I have around 400 euros left to live, ”she explains. She knows that many Saxons have even fewer pensions. BUT: She feels that she has been treated unfairly.
Because actually she should receive around 300 euros more pension per month – for 30 years! That makes around 110,000 euros together! And she has been fighting for this money for years.
Background: In the GDR there was no divorced widow’s pension, in the West there was. After the fall of the Wall, pension equalization was introduced for everyone – but only for divorces from 1992 onwards. This special case applies to around 250,000 divorced GDR women who have been left empty-handed to this day.
Like Sigrid Grosa: “I don’t get a widow’s pension or a pension.” She was married for eight years before their marriage broke up in 1972: “My ex-husband had a drinking problem. I raised the four children alone and worked for 57 years. “
The latest proposal by the federal-state group wants to pay affected women a one-time maximum of 10,000 euros. However, only those who have been married for ten years, have had children and are now living on the poverty line are eligible.
“That’s unfair. I worked until my 75th birthday so that as a pensioner I wouldn’t slide into poverty, ”says Grosa.
Human rights activist Marion Böker (60), who advises the “Association of Women Divorced in the GDR”, explains: “Calculations have shown that every GDR widow has lost an average of 135,000 euros in pension entitlement since the fall of the Wall. Even the UN Women’s Rights Committee reprimanded this in 2017. “
Minister of Social Affairs Petra Köpping (63, SPD), who negotiated the hardship fund in the Bund-Länder group, sees “a considerable need for advice, especially with regard to the access criteria”. “As many of those affected as possible should be covered by the fund. Because it should serve to recognize life’s work, ”said Köpping.