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Jews, Christians Ask for Better German Indemnification Law

The present Federal Indemnification Law is so unsatisfactory that the Bonn Government and the Bundestag should expedite the passage of a better law, urges a resolution adopted at the annual meeting of the German Coordinating Council of the Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation and forwarded to Federal Chancellor Adenauer as well as to both houses of Parliament.

The Coordinating Council, which is the parent body of the sixteen West German Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, further expressed its distress because the Federal Law has so far operated primarily to the detriment of Nazi victims.

Almost a year after its adoption, the Federal Law has not yet been provided with a single implementation regulation, the Council points out, nor have any steps been taken to adopt the amendments which were considered indispensable by the legislation’s sponsors themselves.

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