German Parliament Approves Pension Measure for Nazi Victims

The Federal Council, upper house of the German parliament, today approved with some minor modifications a government regulation dealing with compensation for Jews and other victims of Hitlerism who were crippled under Nazi torture in concentration camps and jails. The new measure is expected to go into force by the end of this year.

Under the new law, benefits are limited to those who suffered as a direct consequence of Nazi persecution and only if their injuries reduced their earning capacity by more than 30 percent. The pension will vary from the equivalent of $24 minimum to the equivalent of $59.50 maximum. This is the second regulation implementing the Federal Indemnification Law to be approved in the 15 months since the act was passed.

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