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Nazi Victims in U.S. Complain Against German Medical Examinations

February 24, 1960
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Protest against the “inhuman attitude” taken by German medical officials and indemnification agencies in the processing of claims of Nazi victims for injury to health is voiced in a resolution adopted at a meeting here of Jews who suffered physical injuries in Nazi camps. The resolution demanded that;

1. All victims of Nazism whose claims for compensation have been found justified by the physicians of the German consulate, must receive the compensation due them without further procedure, and without having the medical opinion relating to them rendered ineffective by long distance diagnosis of desk physicians.

2. All persecutees whose claims for compensation for injury to health have been denied by the consular physicians must have the right to a review of an opinion of a single physician for possible errors and wrong diagnosis by a medical board.

3. All persons whose claims for compensation for injury to health have been denied by German medical authorities must have the right to another review of their cases.

4. All persecutees whose claims, while not rejected, have found compensation merely for a short period of time, must have the same right for a review as those persecutees whose claims have been rejected entirely.

The resolution demands that such claims be considered “not by hostile medical bureaucrats through long distance diagnosis, but by medical officials to be sent by the Federal Government to New York; such medical officials should together with the private physicians of the persecutees conduct final examinations and render binding opinions.”

A Committee of Nazi Victims Deprived of Justice and Compensation by the German Medical Service was formed at the meeting to follow up the resolution. Moses Socachev-sky was named chairman of the new group.

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