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German State to Make Advance Indemnification Payments

The British zone state of North Rhine Westphalia will make some advance payments on indemnification claims in certain hardship cases, according to an announcement by the Ministry of the Interior here.

Some $600,000 has been made available for Nazi victims, perhaps half of them Jews, who can meet the stringent requirements. In addition to the existence of a recognized claim under the Federal Indemnification Law and acknowledged persecutee status, the requirements include physical disability rated at 50 percent or more, in cases where income from all sources is very small. Also eligible are applicants of over 70 whose economic position is unsatisfactory.

Advance payments may as a rule not exceed $2,000 or 80 percent of the face value of the claim, whichever is lower, with all compensation and relief paid out so far to be deducted. “Special urgency” is another prerequisite.