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Official talks on survivors’ payments to open today in Berlin
By Shlomo Shamir

NEW YORK – Official negotiations on Holocaust reparations between representatives of the German government and a senior delegation of Je wish leaders are due to begin today in Berlin. These are the first official talks on the question of payments to Holocaust survivors to be held with the new German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The talks in Berlin are in effect a renewal of the dialogue with the German government on affairs relating to Holocaust survivors after a long period in which the sides merely held informal contacts,” said Dr. Israel Singer, president of the Claims Conference and head of the delegation.