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Making Good Again: German Compensation for Forced and Slave Laborers

Authers, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) In Pablo De Greiff, ed., The Handbook of Reparations. Oxford, New York, USA: Oxford University Press. Pp. 420-448.

“In 2001, fifty-six years after the cessation of hostilities in World War II, Germany’s Federal Government and a group of large German companies entered into a new reparatons agreement, aimed at compensating people who had been forced to work for the Third Reich against their will. This chapter examines the confluence of historical circumstances that led to such a belated attempt at righting the injustice, and examines the political factors behind the extremely ‘rough’ criteria that were used to allocate funds to claimants. It also examines the distribution effort itself, still not quite completed by mid-2005, and finds that the various NGOs and governments involved in the reparations work were surprisingly successful in tracing claimants and making payments to them, given the amount of time that had elapsed.” (excerpt)


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