Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Holocaust Almanac - The basis for German reparations to Israel Summary: The basis of German reparations paid to Israel as the result of the Holocaust. Debunks denial claim that Israel collects reparations based upon the numbers exterminated Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: reparations Lines: 81 Archive/File: people/l/lipstadt.deborah/citations/israel-germany.claims Last-Modified: 1994/01/02 "Israeli officials detailed their claims against Germany in their communique of March 1951 to the Four Powers, and this document became the official basis for the reparations agreement. It contained an explanation of Israel's means of calculating the size of the reparations claim. In the communique Israeli officials explained that Nazi persecution had stimulated 'a second Jewish exodus' of close to five hundred thousand. Based on the size of this exodus, Israel determined the amount of the reparations it would request: The government of Israel is not in a position to obtain and present a complete statement of all Jewish property taken or looted by the Germans, and said to total more than $6 thousand million. It can only compute its claim on the basis of total expenditures already made and the expenditure still needed for the integration of Jewish immigrants from Nazi-dominated countries. The number of these immigrants is estimated at some 500,000, which means a total expenditure of $1.5 thousand million.<20> It seems hardly necessary to point out that since the money the state received by based on the cost of resettling _survivors_, had Israel wanted to increase the amount of reparations it obtained from Germany it would have been in its interest to argue that fewer than six million had been killed and that more had managed to flee to Israel." (Lipstadt, 57) <20> Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel, "Documents Relating to the Agreement Between the Government of Israel and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany" (Jerusalem: 1953), pp. 9-91. On march 14, 1951, Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett declared in a statement to the Knesset that "the demand for reparation has been calculated according to the burden that the people in Israel and Jewish organizations throughout the world have taken upon themselves in financing the rehabilitation and the absorption of a half a million suvivors of the Holocaust who have settled or will settle in Israel." Nana Sagi, "German Reparations: A History of the Negotiations" (Jerusalem, 1980), p. 55 (Lipstadt, 246) Work cited Lipstadt, Deborah E. Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. New York: The Free Press (A division of Macmillan, Inc.), 1993.
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