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Indemnification Payments Accelerated in Hesse; 70,000 Claims Pending

The total payments made available to Nazi victims by the Hesse indemnification agencies were five times larger in 1956 than in 1954, the State Government here reported today.

Whereas indemnification expenditures from state and federal funds totaled $6,800,000 in 1954, they rose to $19,000,000 in 1955 and to $33,600,000 last year. In their postwar years, disbursements for indemnification purposes amounted to $67,300,000.

More than 70,000 claims by Nazi victims have not yet been processed, but in December 1956 the rate of settlement reached the hitherto unprecedented figure of 2,700.