General Claims Restitution Law Involving $283,000,000 Being Readied in Germany

A general claims restitution measure, intended to indemnify victims of Nazism to an estimated extent of 850,000,000 deutsche marls (approximately $283,000,000) is under study by the American military government and is expected to be approved shortly, the New York Times reported today from Frankfort.

The dispatch said that it is anticipated that Nazi victims who have since emigrated to the United States and other countries will also receive payments, pro-baby in the currency of the lands in which they now reside. The projected law, passed by the U.S. zone Council of States last April, marks the first time that a defeated nation has paid reparations to individual victims, the dispatch added.

It also stated that the’ projected law differs from the first restitution measure in effect in the U.S. zone in that it provides for payment for abstract damages–such as restrictions of liberty–as well as for stolen cash and other un-identifiable valuables. The first restitution law was restricted to restitutions of real and indentifiable property.

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