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Former Jewish Slave Laborers in Germany Form Committee in U.S.

A committee has been formed here by Jewish inmates of Nazi concentration camps who worked as slave laborers for such firms as: AEG, Brabag, Heinkel, Holzmann, Krupp, Moll, Rheinmetal Borsig, Siemans-Schuckert and Telefunken. It is the purpose of this committee to study means of safeguarding the interest of these slave laborers, an announcement issued today stated.

A West German law promulgated on December 19, 1956, regulates all types of claims of foreigners against German concerns and private persons. This would also include claims arising from maltreatment or non-receipt of wages by persons residing outside of Germany who during the last war worked as slave laborers for German private corporations and firms. These claims may be barred unless legal action is instituted before December 31, 1957.

Jewish inmates of concentration camps who during the last war worked as slave laborers for any of these firms are requested to communicate at their earliest conference their name, present address, and the period and place of their work for the firm to the Committee of Former Jewish Slave Laborers in Germany, P/o Box 1737, Church Street Station, New York.

“Prompt contact is advisable in order to enable it to initiate such steps in the interest of these former slave laborers as may be possible, but the Committee cannot assume liability for the presentation of law suits which can only be initiated by private attorneys acting for each person,” the announcement issued by the committee emphasized.