Jews in Belgium Demand Speedy Payment of Reparations Received from Bonn

A speeding of Government action on allocation and disbursement of $20,000,000 which Belgium is to receive from West Germany in reparations, part of which is to go to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, was requested by a delegation of Jewish leaders here today.

Paul Phillipson, president of the Brussels Jewish Community, and one of the leaders of the organization “Aid to Jewish War Victims,” discussed the matter with M. Custers, Minister of Public Health and Family Affairs.

(A treaty settling major post-war issues between West Germany and the Netherlands and providing for the payment to the Netherlands of 280,000,000 deutschemarks ($70,000,000) for losses sustained by victims of nazism, was ratified this week by the West German Parliament. The agreement was signed in The Hague last year.)

The Belgian Chamber of Deputies began consideration today of a bill to extend the deadlines for compensation pensions to relatives of civilian victims of World War II. The measure would extend until Dec. 31,1962 the period in which indemnification claims could be made by dependents who are unable to produce either provisional or final death certifications.

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