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Germany Rejects Half of Claims by Nazi-ousted Civil Servants

The program for reinstating or pensioning former German civil servants, dismissed by the Nazi regime for racial or political reasons, is 90 percent completed, it was learned here today, and will be wound up by the spring of 1956.

This program was begun many years ago, long before conclusion of the reparations pact with Israel and enactment of the Federal Indemnification Law. Civil servants–a group including judges, most teachers and professors and certain attorneys–hold a very special position in German life, and it was felt that restoration of the status and tenure rights of those fired by the Nazis would not fail to redound to the benefit of Nazi civil servants removed by the Western Allies after the war. This assumption has proved to be correct.

A total of 5,500 ex-civil servants persecuted by the Nazis, or their dependents, have filed applications for re-instatement or pensions. Only a minority of them, it is believed here, are Jews. Altogether 4,900 claims have been finally settled. Of that number, no more than 15 percent were granted, while 46 percent were rejected outright; the remainder is accounted for by partial grants and compromise settlements. The number of actual reinstatements is 640.

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