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Author’s Claim for Indemnification Rejected by German Supreme Court

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Destruction of an author’s reputation during the Nazi regime does not constitute material damage, according to a ruling handed down here today by the Federal Supreme Court.

The suit was brought by the late Prof. Max Apt, author of works on jurisprudence and economics, whose books were among the many burned by the Nazis during the destruction of “non-Aryan” literature in 1933. Prof, Apt claimed he was entitled to compensation, under the Federal indemnification law, because the Nazis had wiped out his reputation during the tenure of their rule. As far as the late Prof. Apt himself was concerned, today’s ruling is moot. He died last year.

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