German Compensation Law for Individual Nazi Victims Becomes Effective

The long-awaited amendment to the Federal Indemnification Law for individual Nazi victims has now entered into effect through publication in the current issue of the Federal Gazette, following upon its signature by Federal President Heuss last week.

Effective date of the amendment is April 1, 1956. It constitutes a thoroughgoing rewrite of the 1953 Federal Indemnification Law, containing scores of technical improvements that enlarge the circle of eligible Hitler victims and increase the amount of compensation for a variety of injuries suffered at Nazi hands.

Payments and pensions due under the provisions of the old law will be remitted without change. Where a claim has not yet been decided upon, it is to be processed automatically under the terms of the new amendment. Where an adjudication has already been made, and in particular where a claim has been rejected, a fresh application based on the new amendment can be filed. All such applications, and also applications by Nazi victims who have only now become eligible can be submitted until October 1, 1957.

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