Jewish Groups Call Holocaust Compensation Offer ‘Unacceptable’

By Christoph Schult in Jerusalem

Germany is trying to resolve one of the last major outstanding World War II compensation issues, involving forced laborers in Jewish ghettos. But Berlin’s offers so far have been ridiculously low. “They must have forgotten a zero,” commented one Israeli official.

Forced laborers work in Dachau concentration camp in this undated archive photo.
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Forced laborers work in Dachau concentration camp in this undated archive photo.
Germany’s Deputy Finance Minister Karl Diller isn’t the kind of person who seeks out the limelight. For almost nine years, the 66-year-old Social Democratic parliamentarian from Trier has worked discreetly and efficiently under three finance ministers, including the incumbent, Peer Steinbrück. Diller is usually only in the public eye when the post office, for which his ministry is responsible, is presenting yet another special issue stamp.

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