German States Assure Speedy Implementation of Indemnification Laws

The heads of the indemnification offices of Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North-Rhine-Westphalia, and Wuert-temberg-Baden, which have to implement the expanded compensation legislation, stated in a reply to an inquiry conducted by Kurt R. Grossman, who visited Germany on behalf of the Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany, that they will make efforts to process the claims “liberally, fairly, and speedily, it was announced here today.

Though there are marked differences in these replies on the emphasis, all state officials have become aware that the burden of executing this task has now shifted from the Federal level to the individual states. “All that remains to be done on the former is the promulgation of the executive-orders which will be shortly submitted to the Upper-House. They will determine methods and scales of payments, especially annuities,” Mr. Grossman said. He emphasized that the leading Jewish organizations “have a definite interest in the formulation of these drafts and have requested to be heard before the draft goes to the Parliament.”

According to the received replies, all offices will expand their staffs in order to be able to cope with the increased case-load, Bavaria, however, has taken only “necessary steps” in that direction without indication whether these steps had been successful.

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