Compensation Law for Nazi Victims Passed in British and French Zones of Germany

The parliaments of Lower Saxony and Hemburg have passed a law which provides for compensation to people who were interned in ghettos and concentration camps during the Nazi regime. A similar law was passed on Tuesday in the province of Schleswing-Holstein and some time ago in Rhineland.

Compensation for Nazi victims of the above categories has thus now been legalized throughout the entire British zone in Germany and is awaiting only the approval of the military government. A similar law was passed in the French zone some theme ago.

(The New York Times reported today from Frankfurt that the U.S. Military Government has informed the American zone Council of States that the restitution law passed by the Germany last April will neither be approved nor rejected, but must await action by the future Federal Republic of Germany. This law was intended to indemnify victims of Nazi persecution. Its provisions included regular pensions for former concentration camp inmates, their widows and orphans.)

German political parties in the British zone of Germany have all backed the compensation law, but stipulated that it should not be valid for displaced persons. The text of the law as passed is, therefore, not clear as to the status of DP’s.

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