Czechs to Compensate Nazi Victims

The Czech Parliament has adopted legislation to compensate victims of the Nazis who reside in what is now the Czech Republic, the World Jewish Congress has reported.

The legislation, adopted last week, awards Czech citizens who were prisoners in Nazi camps during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia the sum of 2,300 crowns – the equivalent of $80 – for every month in detention.

In addition, one-time payments of 100,000 crowns, or about $3,500, will be paid to resident surviving spouses of deceased Nazi camp survivors.

The award payments are only available to current Czech citizens, not those living in what is no Slovakia.

The money is coming from the sale of former Communist property in the Czech Republic, not from Germany, according to Elan Steinberg, WJC executive director.

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