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Nazi Victims Demand Delay in Signing Indemnification Pact with W. Germany

The Association of Nazi Victims in Israel has registered opposition to a plan to sign the final indemnification agreement with West Germany and has called for replacing Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, by former Foreign Minister Abba Eban as the chief negotiator for the funds.

At a press conference here, Tuvia Friedman, chairman of the Association, said that the victims fear that the money will not go to those entitled to it but to Israeli institutions and political parties. He said Goldmann told him that all the political parties have agreed to a final indemnification settlement of 600 million Marks on condition that the parties receive some of the funds. Friedman, noting that the parties needed the funds for the upcoming Knesset elections, demanded that a final figure be 1 billion Marks and that no agreement be signed prior to the May 17 elections.