Slave Labor Compensation

NPR's Edward Lifson reports from Berlin that negotiators agreed today on a formula to divide up a five billion dollar German compensation fund for Nazi-era slave laborers and forced laborers. An estimated two hundred forty thousand slave laborers — mainly Jews who were put to work in concentration camps and had been expected to die doing their jobs — will receive up to 75 hundred dollars. Forced laborers — non-Jews from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe — will receive up to 25 hundred dollars. The German government and German industries that benefited from slave and forced labor will pay equal amounts into the fund. The German parliament must still approve the necessary legislation before the surviving laborers can be compensated.

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