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U.S. Legislation Sought for Compensation for Naturalized Americans

Legislation to make Americans naturalized since the end of World War II able to seek relief under the War Claims Act was introduced in the Senate yesterday by Sen. Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, and Sen. Paul Douglas, Illinois Democrat.

The measure is similar to one introduced in the House by Rep. William F. Ryan, New York Democrat. Under the War Claims Act, American citizens may seek compensation for losses from any country which was an enemy of the United States during World War II.

Rep. Ryan, in introducing the legislation, said that the present law offers relief only to those who were citizens of the United States at the time of their loss. He said it excludes many Americans with legitimate claims who were not citizens at the time of their loss but who subsequently acquired American citizenship.