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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
Followup-To: alt.revisionism
Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA
Keywords: reparations
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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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