Goldmann Confers with German Chancellor on Payments to Nazi Victims

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, conferred here today with Chancellor Ludwig Erhard and Finance Minister Rolf Dahlgruen. He pressed his demand that Nazi victims who could not escape from Iron Curtain countries prior to October 1953, be given restitution equal to the compensation paid to all other Nazi victims.

An amendment to the restitution law, pending now in Parliament, would extend compensation to those Nazi victims who could not file compensation applications prior to the present cut-off date of October 1, 1953. The German Government is prepared to establish a special “hard ship fund” of 700,000,000 Deutschmarks ($175,000,000) to aid the post-1953 applicants, but Dr. Goldmann is insisting on full compensation to that group of applicants.

According to Karl-Gunther von Hase, the official Government spokesman, no promises to meet the Goldmann demand have been made by the Bonn authorities.

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