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Bavarian Parliament Recognizes Nazi Victims As Legal Entities

The Bavarian provincial parliament has passed a law recognizing as Nazi victims legal entities and institutions which were dissolved by the Nazi regime or which suffered damages during the Hitler administration. These institutions, and institutions without legal status which suffered similar disabilities, will be granted special certificates recognizing them as persecutees.

A local court in Schleswig-Holstein has overruled a decision by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry for Internal Affairs by awarding a pension of 300 marks monthly to the former gauleiter of the province, Heinrich Lohse. The pension had earlier been rejected and Lohse’s rights as a former civil servant denied.

The Organization of Victims of Nazi Persecution today protested the award of the pension, which amounts to 25 percent of Lohse’s former salary. The organization charged that “arch-Nazis” are receiving full pensions without question, while many of their former victims are forced to undertake special “duties” in order to qualify for welfare assistance.

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