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Germany Adopts Law on Reparations to Nazi Victims Living Abroad

The West German Parliament today adopted a law to make reparations to former public servants of Germany now living abroad who were victimized by the Nazis. Recently a law was passed to reimburse such former public servants who are still in Germany.

The law provides that victims who took up residence in foreign states before May 13, 1949, shall be eligible if the state in which they live recognizes the German Federal Republic. The law, however, allows for exceptions to this rule, which is expected to be assistance to Jews who fled Germany and are now living in Israel, which does not recognize the Bonn Government.

The restitution courts of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe have issued decisions on 17,180 restitution claims in the two years since the special chambers were established, it was revealed today in a report issued by the Ministry of Justice of Wuerttemburg-Baden.

Of this number, 17,5 percent or 3,003 decisions were disputed. A total of 1,404 of the disputes were settled in the same courts, with the courts reversing their decisions in favor of the appellants on 452 claims. In addition, 271 cases were taken to higher courts where 181 were eventually settled, with 70 decisions of the lower courts reversed in favor of the claimants.

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