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Britain Decides to Tax Money Received by Nazi Victims As Compensation

Despite pleas from both sides of the House, the Macmillan Government turned down last night a proposal to exempt from income taxation money received as compensation by victims of Nazism. Parliament voted the financial bill as approved by the government.

In rejecting the pleas for special consideration for Nazi victims, a government spokesman compared the position of a widow of a Nazi victim with a British widow whose husband had died in a German POW camp. To make special concessions for one and not the other, he said, was impractical and unjust. He drew similar parallels for other types of compensation from West Germany.