NEW YORK (Sep. 20)
Two important members of the German Parliament at Bonn, Martin Hirsch and Dr. Alois Zimmer, were honored yesterday at a luncheon at the Hotel Delmonico by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Mr. Hirsch is chairman of the Indemnification Committee of the Bundestag, the lower house of the German Parliament. Dr. Zimmer is a leading member of the CDU, the dominant party in the present government.
Jacob Blaustein, senior vice-president of the organization, who presided, laid stress on the pressing need to enact basic amendments and improvements to the German Indemnification Law, which the Claims Conference had urged upon the German Government. Early enactment of the amendments was essential, Mr. Blaustein said, so as to repair injustices which had arisen in the course of administering the Law and the nearly three million claims filed under it, and to grant redress to groups of Nazi victims to whom compensation had been denied for reasons lying beyond their control.
Mr. Hirsch and Dr. Zimmer, who have been visiting the United States as members of a German parliamentary study group, expressed their readiness to support every effort to speed up legislative action and to correct legislative injustices to Nazi victims. Both men emphasized that first-hand meetings held by them with Nazi victims in the United States and with Claims Conference spokesmen had impressed them deeply with the strong moral and human factors involved.