German Province Halts Payments of Restitution to Rumanian Jews

Robert M. W. Kempner, former American deputy chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, took issue here today with a ruling by the provincial office for restitution in the Rhineland-Palatinate ordering temporary halting of all applications for restitution from persecutees who suffered damages in Rumania. The order affects a large number of Rumanian Jews.

In issuing this order, the restitution office said that it was acting on the basis of a decision by the Stuttgart District Court that it could not be proved that the persecution of Jews in Rumania was initiated by the Nazi authorities during their presence in Rumania.

Mr. Kempner pointed out that he investigated the persecution of Rumanian Jews and that in his judgment — which is based on official documents — there is no doubt that the Nazi authorities were instrumental in organizing anti-Jewish acts in Rumania. He expressed the hope that the decision of the Stuttgart court will soon be overruled by a higher court in Germany.

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