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Ask Extension of Deadline for Restitution Claims

West Germany has been asked to extend its deadline for personal restitution claims so that immigrants arriving in Israel from countries where they have only recently been permitted to emigrate may file claims for restitution for losses suffered at the hands of the Nazis. The request was made in a letter to West German Ambassador Jesko Von Puttkammer from Moshe Rivlin, director general of the Jewish Agency. Claims for restitution were accepted by West Germany until 1965.

Rivlin wrote his letter in accordance with a resolution adopted at the recent 28th World Zionist Congress which stated that there were no grounds to discriminate against Jews who had suffered under the Nazis but could not claim restitution because they were unable to leave their countries of origin until recently. Jews in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries of Eastern Europe have not been permitted to file restitution claims with West Germany.

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