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1955 German Budget Lists $38,000,000 for Indemnification

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West German budget estimates for 1955-56, which will be sent to the Bundestag soon for adoption, lists $38, 000,000 under the category of indemnification payments for individual Nazi victims.

The amount appropriated would thus be more than double that made available in the current fiscal year, In addition to the $38,000, 000, one and one-half million dollars has been provided for pension payments to rabbis and religious or administrative officials of former Jewish communities in Germany.

Meanwhile, top indemnification experts from the United States, Britain and France, invited by the Legal Committee of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, met in Frankfurt to work out recommendations for an amendment designed to make the Federal Indemnification Law more workable and more equitable, particularly by simplifying the need for documentary proof of persecution. Ever since this law for regulating the claims of individual applicants was adopted in the summer of 1953, the need for an amendment to rectify deficiencies and injustices has been recognized on all sides.

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