Bonn Parliament Acts Slowly on Indemnification to Nazi Victims
Menu JTA Search

Bonn Parliament Acts Slowly on Indemnification to Nazi Victims

The legal committee of the Bundestag this week-end postponed until June 5 further consideration of a measure which would provide Federal indemnification to victims of Nazi persecution. Debate on the bill was originally scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Dr. H.G. Van Dam, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, criticized the Bonn Government and Parliament for its failure to pass legislation granting restitution to victims of the Nazis, many of whom, Dr. Van Dam stressed, are indigent and some of whom have already died while waiting for justice.

Addressing a press conference here, Dr. Van Dam said that German Jews had learned with great disappointment and apprehension that the present Parliament would probably not be able to adopt such legislation before it dissolves June 30 to prepare for national elections. He also pointed out that Bonn had been prompt in passing a law restoring the rights and privileges of public servants of the Nazi regime.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund