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5,000 Jews Who Worked As Slave Laborers Compensated by German Firm

About 5,000 Jews who had worked as forced laborers, during the Hitler regime, in the I.G. Farben factories, have received compensation totaling approximately 22,000,000 marks ($5,500,000), it was announced here today by the Compensation Trust, a subsidiary of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

The Trust is the agency commissioned by the Conference to adjudicate claims against I.G. Farben resulting from an agreement by the big West German industrial complex to compensate Jews impressed into service during World War II.

A total of 9,800 claims for compensation as a result of this agreement have been filed, Trust officials told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today, but 3,300 of the claims “did not meet the requirements of the agreement;” The officials said that 1,500 cases are still being processed, and there is available about 5,000,000 marks ($1,250,000) to satisfy claims that might be approved.

The Trust is aided in its determination by an advisory board consisting of former Auschwitz concentration camp victims and former impressed I.G. Farben laborers living in Israel, the United States, Australia, and several European countries. Almost a third of the claimants are now residents of Israel, North America or countries outside Europe.

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