Allies Demand Speed-up of Indemnification to Nazi Victims

Representatives of the Allied High Commission in West Germany conferred here yesterday with officials of the Bonn Government on methods of speeding up implementation of the Federal Indemnification Law and for improving some of its provisions.

The representatives of the United States, Britain and France, in their first meeting with Bonn officials on this problem in a long time, raised the question that the German law did not fulfill its obligations under the 1952 Contractual Agreement” between Germany and the Western Powers and the 1954 Paris protocols. The Germans agreed to study the Allied suggestions and to see if they could be incorporated into the long-delayed amendment to the law.

The Allied complaints involved the applicability of the Indemnification Law in certain border claims where the distinction between indemnification, restitution and pension rights is blurred; the maximum amount to be allowed on compensation claims; the right to bring suit in the ordinary courts when a claim has not been processed within a reasonable period of time, and the eligibility of certain “national persecutee groups” mostly non-Jews.

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