By Günter Saathoff, Michael Jansen
This publication comprises the ultimate record of Germany’s "Remembrance, accountability, and destiny" beginning, giving a complete heritage of the country’s use of slave hard work in the course of international warfare II and the advanced approach during which reparations for survivors have been negotiated.
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Three weeks later they signed a coalition agreement. ” This had been a moral interest of these two parties for many years. Gerhard Schröder, the candidate for the office of Chancellor, had reaffirmed this interest in a public discussion held in Warsaw just a few months earlier (June 17). There had never been a financial basis for or an agreement on a project of this kind at any previous time in the past. Schröder met in Hanover with the CEO s of thirteen major German companies the same week the coalition agreement was signed.
When compensation was denied to communists who had been victims of the Nazi regime and were now members of the KPD , the Americans had no objections. The Cold War was making itself felt. By far the most important of these “package deals” was the Luxembourg Agreement concluded in 1952 between the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Israel, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (JCC ). This was followed by the conclusion of the London Debts Agreement in 1953. Under the Luxembourg Agreement West Germany gave the young and cash-strapped State of Israel a lump-sum compensation in the amount of DM 3 billion, a very considerable sum of money at the time.
The United States had been the place of exile of choice for Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe. Now the United States was representing the interests of its citizens and permanent residents, while Great Britain in its role as the mandate power in Palestine was, to an ever increasing extent, in conflict with Holocaust-survivor immigration to Palestine and other Zionist interests. Basically, we can distinguish three very unequal phases of indemnification. In the following I describe the first two phases in greater detail than the third.
''A Mutual Responsibility and a Moral Obligation'': The Final Report on Germany's Compensation Programs for Forced Labor and Other Personal Injuries by Günter Saathoff, Michael Jansen