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Jewish Communities in Brazil Protest Deferment of Payments by Germany

West Germany’s plan to defer payments from a special compensation fund for a group of victims of Nazism was protested today by the Confederation of Jewish Communities of Brazil.

The fund of 1,200,000,000 marks ($300,000,000) was created in response to protests against the situation of several thousand Jewish victims of Nazism who were in Iron Curtain countries and hence unable to file compensation claims by the October 1953 deadline in the original West German compensation law.

Finance Minister Rolf Dahlgruen said that the first payments from the fund totaling 200,000,000 marks ($50,000,000) scheduled to begin in 1966, will be deferred for a year because of “budget difficulties.” The protest was made to the West German Embassy here for transmittal to Bonn.