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German Socialist Party to Propose Federal Indemnification Law

The Social Democratic forces in the Bonn Parliament have decided to introduce a bill for indemnification of the victims of Nazism on the Federal level.

Under the proposed measure, everyone who fought against the National Socialist dictatorship, either from conviction or for religious reasons in order to protect human rights, aid the persecuted, prevent further destruction in Germany or resist suppression will be considered as having served the cause of the German people and the German State. He will therefore have the right to demand indemnification for all sufferings endured in the fight for these causes.

(The American Jewish Committee today announced receipt of a letter from the student body of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, informing it that the students are urging the Bonn Government to make good the material damages and losses suffered by the Jews and urging passage of a law providing punishment for anti-Semitism. A unanimously-passed resolution, the A.J.C. said, expressed the student body’s endorsement of Chancellor Adenauer’s statement of September 27, 1951, accepting responsibility for West Germany to make reparations for material losses suffered by Jews as a result of Nazi actions.)

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