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Jews in Germany Ask Government for Benefits Offered to War Victims

July 29, 1958
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The Central Council of Jews in Germany called today upon the West German Government to extend to Jews and other victims of the Nazi regime the same benefits currently offered war victims and refugees expelled from other countries.

In a memorandum to Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, the Central Council charged that the Federal Indemnification Law had failed the victims by: not making adequate provision for their economic rehabilitation; not providing them with necessary living quarters, and not providing them with health Insurance. It asked that amendments be adopted to add Nazi victims to the beneficiaries of social rehabilitation legislation.

Simultaneously, the Central Council of Jews in Germany expressed vigorous opposition today to the remake of the film “Jud Suess” announced recently by a leading West German filmmaker. The project has also drawn critical fire from various German newspapers. Peter Goldbaum, the producer who plans to shoot the new “Jud Suess” script, asserted that it would show the cultural and historical importance of Jewry in late 18th and early 19th Century Germany.

With the best of intentions, the Council declared, the release of a film version of Lion Feuchtwanger’s novel must again lead to “unpleasant” public reaction. It recalled that the 1940 Veit Harlan version of the film had been widely used by the Nazis as a cornerstone of their anti-Semitic propaganda.

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