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Press Statement by James P. Rubin/Spokesman
January 13, 1998

German Government Agreement on Holocaust Compensation

We welcome the agreement reached between the German government and the Conference of Jewish Material Claims to establish a fund for compensation of Holocaust victims in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

We applaud this historic step forward. For the first time, the German government will provide assistance to Holocaust victims in the East as it has in the West. "Double victims" -- those who escaped the Holocaust only to be caught behind the Iron Curtain during the long decades of the Cold War and left out of earlier compensation programs -- can now seek justice.

The US Government has long encouraged the German government to move forward on compensation for these "double victims." That this is now coming to pass is a tribute to the leadership of German Chancellor Kohl and his government, and to those NGOs which have so faithfully pursued the interests of all Holocaust victims.

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