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October 7, 1999
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Representatives of Holocaust survivors and German companies began two days of talks Wednesday in Washington aimed at resolving Nazi-era slave labor claims. But the German firms delayed discussion about the size of a compensation fund until Thursday. The German companies were reportedly prepared to offer up to $3.8 billion to settle claims, but lawyers for Holocaust survivors, who initially sought payments in excess of $20 billion, have said that amount is far too little. Although a final settlement is not likely to be reached this week, both German and Jewish negotiators expressed optimism about achieving a framework for an agreement.

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