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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-09-21

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lish these claims, 50 and
sometimes 60 years later,"
said Arnold Fleischmann, a
Towson, Md., attorney who
has filed several claims on
behalf of survivors. "There
is a question as to what
evidence remains."
In most cases, Mr.
Fleischmann said, people
have only a vague idea of the
town from which they came,
and no idea as to what kind
of property was owned.
"Their knowledge is in
many cases only what their
parents told them, and the
records have been largely
lost or destroyed."
Mr. Fleischmann has had
to employ East German in-
vestigators and attorneys to
research claims for clients,
an often expensive and time-
consuming process.
Although claims must be
received by Oct. 13, the
vagaries of the postal system
and the bureaucratic night-
mare of reunification, makes
"a Sept. 30 deadline more
realistic for most people,"
Mr. Fleischmann said. Com-
pounding the difficulties for
survivors is the fact that
only property in what is now
East Germany will be con-
sidered for compensation.
Former German territory
now part of Poland and the
Soviet Union is not covered
by the law, nor is land once
occupied by the Nazis.
Mr. Fleischman, who fled
Nazi Germany in 1940, said
there are thousands of peo-
ple from that part of Ger-
many who now live in the
United States.




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"I suppose that most of
those have no idea that they
may be able to file a claim,"
he said.
Mr. Fleischman has filed
only 15 to 20 claims so far,
and well-documented claims
are "few and far between,"
he said.
A few people have records
of deeds, which can establish
their rights very easily, he
said. In some cases these
people have even been "over
there to see the properties, to
verify that they still exist,"
he said.
For the rest, he said, "we
will register them before the
deadline and describe the
claims as best we can."
The atmosphere for claims
has been far different in
West Germany, which began
settling with Holocaust sur-
vivors even before it became
a nation, Mr. Kagan said.
The Federal Republic of
Germany's property restitu-
tion laws grew out of U.S.
military laws enacted in
1947, during the Allied oc-
cupation of Germany after
World War II.
These laws were adopted
in the British and French
zones of occupation in 1949,
and incorporated in the new
Republic shortly thereafter.
"This legislation has been
in effect for 43 years, while
the communist regime was
totally unreceptive to any
demands for the enactment
of similar legislation," Mr.
Kagan said. "Only now does
this opportunity present
itself in the GDR."

Jewish News Receives
Three Smolar Awards



E. Germany

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he Detroit Jewish
News received three
top honors in the 1990
Boris Smolar Awards for
Excellence in North Ameri-
can Jewish Journalism,
awarded by the Council of
Jewish Federations.
Jewish News Associate
Publisher Arthur Horwitz
received a special award for
L'Chayim, a monthly educa-
tional supplement with
family activities and infor-
mation, concentrating on
Jewish holidays and issues.
Assistant Editor Elizabeth
Applebaum won two first-
place awards, one for her
March 3, 1989, article
"Palestinian Pipeline," an-
other for her story "Lights!
Camera! War!" which ap-
peared in the Dec. 15, 1989,
issue of The Jewish News.

"Palestinian Pipeline,"
which won in the news
reporting category, de-
scribed the work of Detroit's
Palestine Aid Society and
other national Palestinian
groups that send money to
the West Bank and Gaza
"Lights! Camera! War!"
which won in the arts and
entertainment category,
focused on how Hollywood
ignored the Nazi persecution
of Jews.
A total of seven Smolar
Awards were awarded this
Arthur Magida, senior
writer at Detroit's sister
paper, the Baltimore Jewish
Times, shared the Smolar
Award in the news reporting
category with Mrs. Ap-
plebaum. Mr. Magida won
for his story on a Talmud
class given by Rabbi Adin

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