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March 13, 1964 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-03-13

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Friday, *arch 13,

$10,640,800 Allocated for Operations in 1964 by Claims Conference

BRUSSELS, (JTA) — Alloca-
tions totaling $10,640,800, to be
given in 1964 to Jewish com-
munities and institutions
around the world, serving about
250,000 Jewish victims of Naz-
ism in 32 countries, were made
here at the concluding session
of a two-day parley held by
the Conference on Jewish Mat-
erial Claims Against Germany.
By major categories, the 1964
funds will include $7,550,000 to
the Joint Distribution Commit-
tee for relief resettlement acti-
vities in Europe and Australia;
$2,449,447 for cultural and ed-
ucational reconstruction; and
$330,000 for the Israel Purchas-
ing Mission in West Germany
plus Conference administrative
expenses.
The conference, organized by
major Jewish organizations in
the Western world to represent
victims of Nazism outside
Israel, participated in the 1952
negotiations which resulted in
agreements with the West Ger-
man Government to pay repara-
tions, restitutions and indemni-
fiction to Jewish victims of
Nazism. The conference is form-
ally recognized by the Federal
Republic of Germany as the of-
ficial spokesman for those Jews
throughout the world who are
entitled to individual restitu-
tion under the existing laws
drawn up by the Bonn Govern-
ment and the governments of
the West German states.
Dr. Nahum Goldman, presi-
dent of the conference, ad-
dressed the parley's opening
session Saturday night, con-
trasting, in his report, the
manner in which the govern-
ment of Germany has "meti-
culously" met its reparations
commitments to Israel and to
the conference, with what he
called "the gap" in imple-
menting restitution and inde-
mnification laws for individ-
ual victims of Nazism. Illustr-
ating that "gap," he pointed
out that the claims of more
than 450,000 Jewish people
eligible to payments under
the existing laws are still
pending.
He noted that tens of thous-
ands of legitimate Nazi victims
are still barred from filing
claims because they had come

from countries behind the Iron
Curtain after Oct. 1, 1953. That
date had been fixed as the cut-
off period for individual claim-
ants eligible for German com-
pensation under the 1952 agree-
ment.
Reporting on the individual
restitution payments made by
the Germans to Jewish victims
of Nazism to date. Dr. Gold-
mann told the conference that
the total indemnification pay-
ments under the existing Ger-
man laws reached $3,700,000,000
by Dec. 31, 1963. In addition, he
said, the German states had
paid out $3,873,938,000.
However, Dr. Goldmann
said, negotiations between the
conference and the Bonn gov-
ernment to improve the exist-
ing laws, and to enact new
legislation that would cover
those Jewish victims of Naz-
ism who had not qualified for
claims by the cut-off date of
Oct. 1, 1953, have not yet
borne fruit.
Among the victims of Nazism
now ineligible under the Ger-
man laws, he said, are persons
who did not succeed in leaving'
the countries behind the Iron
Curtain up to the 1953 dead-
line. The laws exclude those
persons as well as others who
are stateless, he said The post-
1953 groups,, he said, include
Jews who fled from Hungary
after the uprising there in 1956
and 1957. as well as "thousands
of others who arrived from East
European lands i n recent
years."
Dr. Goldmann also hailed the
"good will and speed" with
which the West German Gov-
ernment has met its obligations
under the Israeli-German Rep-
arations Agreement, a pact
made in 1952 at the same time
Germany made its agreement
with the Conference on Jewish
Material Claims.
Under the Israeli-German
agreement, he said, goods,
materials and services arriv-
ing in Israel from Germany
have totaled $772,559,000
since deliveries started arriv-
ing in Israel in 1953. Over 90
per cent of the goods and
services due to Israel under
the 1952 pact have already
been delivered, Dr. Gold-
amm.Namm ■ mi. mann reported.
As for the Claims Conference,
GRACE YOUR
it received $10,039,148 in 1963,
bringing its total, spent since
FESTIVE TABLE its program got under way in
1954, to $99,560,189. These fig- ,
WITH
ures were reported to the par-
ley by Moses A. Leavitt, con-
gfi. Bast 9, tom Ovrazt
ference treasurer. He said that,
in 1963, the conference spen(
$1,246,360 for relief and rehab-1
ilitation of Jewish victims of
Nazism; $1,246,330 for cultural
tat eicety g-,and Irtoductd and gotaid and educational reconstruction;
and $328,778 for various spec-
in gainzd eRilfion-Lt-Y ion
ial projects. The organization,
he said, committed but did not'
A LARGE
distribute an additional $870,-
VARIETY OF
000 in 1963.
Leavitt called special atten-
WINES
ttion to the grants the confer-
and
ence has given to the Jewish
CHAMPAGNES communities in France where
the present Jewish population
TO SUIT
of 500,000 now forms 75 per
EVERY TASTE
cent of the total Jewish pop-
ulation in Western, continent-
al Europe.
CONCORD and
MALAGA also in
The report on allocations
GALLONS AND
was presented by the senior
HALF GALLONS
vice-president of the Confer-
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ence. He pointed out that the
nearly $100,000,000 has been
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spent thus far by the confer-
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ence. The new allocation will
Certified strictly
bring the total to $110,000,000.
Kosher by the Chief
HOwever, he noted, the 1964
Rabbinate of Israel
allocation of $7,550,000 to the
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JDC will not meet that organ-
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ization's requirements for ser-
vices in Europe and Australia,
estimated at $11,596,000.
MICHIGAN DISTRIBUTOR
That $4,046,000 excess of esti-
National Wholesale
mated JDC requirements over
Grocers Co.
conference allocations, he said,
"is by far the greatest ever
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recorded since the working
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partnership has begun between
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North African Jews into France.
He singled out, among the ant-
In addition, he said, the JDC with the French Jewish com- icipated 1964 expenditures by
the Conference, a sum totaling
will provide $800,000 to a com- munity to meet special needs
$2,720,000 for aid to Jewish
mon fund it has established resulting from the influx of victims of Nazism in France.

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