Holocaust survivors, heirs press claims
By Craig Whitlock and Shannon Smiley

The Washington Post 11/25/2007

TELTOW, Germany — Six decades after the end of World War II, tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors and their heirs are still struggling to receive compensation or the return of looted property from Germany.

More than 76,000 claims filed by Jewish families and other Nazi-era victims who had owned property in the former East Germany remain unresolved.

About 60,000 Jews who applied for special pensions payable to people the Nazis forced to work for subsistence wages in ghettos were turned down. And owners of stolen artwork complain that efforts to find their collections have been stonewalled by German museums, despite a 1999 pledge to clear up the issue.

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