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Greek Jews Seek Reparations from Germany for Wwii Period

The Greek Jewish community has joined thousands of other Greeks seeking German reparations for suffering that occurred during the Nazi occupation of Greece.

The wave of court cases in Greece is expected to be initiated in September.

Total damages claimed reportedly could reach $35 billion.

“There is no family in our community that does not have one or more Nazi victims,” Andreas Sefiha, head of the Jewish community in the northern port city of Salonika, reportedly said Monday.

About 450 of the 1,500 Jews in Salonika had already sued in Greek courts seeking damages from Germany, Sefiha added.

The Jewish population in prewar Greece was about 77,000. More than 60,000 Greek Jews were killed during World War II; most were deported to Auschwitz.

Today, less than 5,000 Jews live there.

The new court action initiative is headed by the governors of Athens and Viotia, the World Jewish Congress said.

Yannis Stamoulis, governor of the Viotia prefecture, has said the relatives of the 130,000 Greeks executed, 300,000 who starved to death and the owners of 125,000 houses destroyed would be eligible for reparations.

Some 2,500 people have applied for reparations in Viotia alone.

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