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> Subject: Germany Has Paid Out More Than $61.8 Billion,in Third Reich
> Reparation
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> *Germany Has Paid Out More Than $61.8 Billion
> in Third Reich Reparations*
> Since 1951 Germany has paid more than 102 billion marks, about $61.8
> billion at 1998 exchange rates, in federal government reparation
> payments to Israel and Third Reich victims. In addition, Germans have
> paid out billions in private and other public funds, including about
> 75 million marks ($49 million) by German firms in compensation to
> wartime forced laborers, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported
> recently. These figures are based on calculations by the German
> Finance Ministry, the influential paper said.
> Of the total, Germany has paid out 78.4 billion marks ($47 billion) on
> the basis of the 1965 Federal Restitution Law (BEG) to persons,
> especially Jews, who had been persecuted during the Third Reich era on
> the basis of race, religion, origin or ideology.
> While most of those who were alive during the Second World War are now
> dead, in recent years Germany was still paying out some 1.25 billion
> marks (about $75 million) to 106,000 pensioners in Israel, the United
> States and other countries on the basis of the 1965 Restitution Law.
> A substantial portion of Germany's reparations payments have been to
> the "Jewish Claims Conference" for Jews who had persecuted by the
> Third Reich. Recipients include former forced laborers and
> concentration camp internees, as well as individuals deprived of
> rights or property under the Nazis. Based in New York City, the Jewish
> Claims Conference (JCC) has operated for decades as a kind of
> supra-national governmental agency for Jews around the world.
> Between 1992 and July 1998, the German federal government paid out 1.1
> billion marks (about $647 million) to the JCC. During the first half
> of 1998, it made available 378 million marks (about $222 million) to
> the JCC in special one-time restitution payments for Jews who had
> persecuted by the Third Reich, according to a German government report
> issued on September 29, 1998. The JCC distributed up to 5,000 marks
> each to individual claimants.
> In recent years Germany has paid out nearly 1.8 billion marks on the
> basis of special bilateral agreements concluded in 1991 and 1993 with
> Poland and three successor states of the former Soviet Union -- the
> Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus (White Russia) -- even though
> in 1953 Poland and the Soviet Union each renounced any further
> reparations payments from Germany.
> Because there's no sign that German reparations payments will stop
> anytime soon, the Welt am Sonntag wonders if they might be
> "bottomless." In coming years, Finance Ministry specialists estimate,
> Germany will pay out an additional 24 billion marks (about $14.4
> billion at a recent exchange rate) in Third Reich reparations.
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> (Sources: J. Kummer, "Wird die Wiedergutmachung ein Fass ohne Boden?"
> /Welt am Sonntag/, Oct. 4, 1998, p. 54; Reuters' dispatch, Bonn, Oct.
> 3, 1998; /The Week in Germany/, published by the German Information
> Center in New York, Oct. 2, 1998; Focus on "German Restitution for
> National Socialist Crimes," May 1995 special report by the German
> Information Center; "Milliardenloch Wiedergutmachung," /D.
> National-Zeitung/ [Munich], Nov. 20, 1998, p. 7. See also: "West
> Germany's Holocaust Payoff to Israel and World Jewry
> <http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v08/v08p243_Weber.html>," in the Summer 1988
> /Journal/, pp. 243-250.)
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> From /The Journal of Historical Review/, Nov.-Dec. 1998 (Vol. 17, No.
> 6), page 19.
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