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Z. O. A. President Protests German Deferment of Payments to Nazi Victims

“Shock and chagrin” at the decision by the West German Bundestag, upon the recommendation of the cabinet, to defer indemnification payments to Nazi victims over the next two years, was voiced today by Jacques Torczyner, president of the Zionist Organization of America, in a telegram sent to Dr. Heinrich Knappstein, West German Ambassador in Washington.

The Zionist leader termed this action as “a flagrant violation of Germany’s moral obligations to the survivors of the Nazi horror who have been counting upon this indemnification for their continued survival.” He pointed out that the recent developments “are very disturbing, occuring as they do on the eve of the visit of Chancellor Erhard to the United States.”