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July 19, 1996 - Image 135

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-07-19

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Court Avoids
Laborers' Claims

Bonn (JTA) — Germany's top
court would not decide whether
prisoners in Hitler's slave labor
camps could sue the govern-
ment for compensation.
The court said the case
should be considered by lower
courts, but reportedly did not of-
fer any guidelines.
The Federal Constitutional
Court in Karlsruhe handed
down the ruling in April, though
it was just published.
The decision follows a case in
which 22 plaintiffs, all of them
Jewish, filed claims of up to
$14,500 each because they were
forced by the Nazi SS to work at
a munitions factory while in-
terned from 1943 to 1945 at
Auschwitz.
Some have said the ruling
paves the way for surviving
slave laborers to seek compen-
sation in German courts.
But Saul Kagan, executive
vice president of the Conference
of Material Claims Against Ger-
many, said, "Until the full text
of the decision of the German
Constitutional Court becomes
available and is evaluated, it is
not possible to determine
whether this decision will be of
practical significance for Holo-
caust survivors."
About 7 million slave labor-
ers, many of them Jews, worked
in Germany during World War
II. In the past, individual com-
panies have had to settle with
victims of slave labor.
After the verdict, represen-
tatives of the victims urged the
German Parliament to pass a
law that would clearly recognize
the slave laborers' claims.

Paris (JTA) — Amschel Roth-
schild, heir apparent to the
British merchant bank N.M.
Rothschild & Sons, has hanged
himself in a Paris hotel room.
Mr. Rothschild, 41, chairman
of Rothschild Asset Manage-
ment, was found by a maid in
the luxury Bristol Hotel, where
he was staying during a busi-
ness trip.
Police later confirmed that
Mr. Rothschild took his own life.
His death leaves open the
question of who will succeed his
cousin Sir Evelyn de Rothschild
as head of the Rothschild bank-
ing dynasty.
He is survived by his wife,
Anita, and three children.
• The Rothschild family
shrouded his death in secrecy,
withholding news of the suicide
for several days.

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