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Payment to Ex-slave Laborers from German Assets in U.S. Urged

Paul E. Madden, for nine years presiding American judge in occupied Germany, has called upon Congress to enact legislation providing that victims of the Nazis who worked as slave laborers at I.G. Farben plants in Germany be compensated for injuries out of huge I. G. Farben assets held in this country. He suggested that payment be made to such ex-slave laborers who are now United States residents before I. G. Farben assets are returned to the German corporation.

A number of suits by ex-slave laborers against I. G. Farben are pending in Germany. The first, and farthest advanced in the German courts, is that of Norbert Wollheim, a Jewish leader in postwar Germany who has since immigrated to this country. He won his suit in a lower court and the case is on appeal. It is expected that the final decision in his case will set a precedent in handling the claims of some 2,000 surviving Nazi slaves.

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