Germany pays Jewish heirs for seized land

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7 September 2005, BERLIN - The German state will pay compensation to heirs of a Jewish family whose land was seized by the Nazis on which a federal government building was recently built in Berlin, sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur DPA on Wednesday.

7 September 2005

BERLIN - The German state will pay compensation to heirs of a Jewish family whose land was seized by the Nazis on which a federal government building was recently built in Berlin, sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur DPA on Wednesday.

Heirs of the Wertheim family, who owned department stores and other property in Berlin until the rise of the Adolf Hitler's Nazis in 1933, are to receive 17.3 million EUR (22 million dollars), the sources told DPA. The Nazis dispossessed and expelled German Jews during the 1930s prior to the Holocaust.

Part of the Wertheim property is a site in downtown Berlin on which the "Marie-Elisabeth-Lueders Haus" was built for parliamentary members and staff by the federal government.

The sources said the money for the property will be paid to the heirs, most of whom live in the U.S., by next month.

DPA

Subject: German news

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