German-Jewish talks on ghetto deadlocked

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03 September 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Talks between Berlin and Jewish groups on pension awards to 70,000 survivors of Nazi-era ghettoes have deadlocked, the news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

03 September 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Talks between Berlin and Jewish groups on pension awards to 70,000 survivors of Nazi-era ghettoes have deadlocked, the news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

German pension funds have turned down applications from 64,000 of the survivors, only granting awards to people who could prove employment while confined to Jewish urban areas in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Under German law, pre-1945 contributions to the pension funds do not have to be proved when obtaining a pension.

Spiegel said the Jewish Claims Conference (JCC) had rejected an offer of 75 million euros (101 million dollars) from the German government in lieu of pensions, saying it was too little.

"We cannot accept it," Georg Heuberger, German envoy of the JCC, was quoted saying in the magazine to go on sale Monday.

Survivor groups say Jewish people who remained in some kind of work in Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1939-1945 period have ended up worse off than slave labourers, who have received payments from a corporate compensation fund.

The magazine said a protest was also likely from Israel.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had telephoned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to brief him on the global offer and he had later told aides the bid was insufficient, Spiegel said.
dpa

Subject: German news

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