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Finances to limit compensation to Holocaust victims

Jews who spent the war hiding in Slovakia in bad conditions will not be entitled to compensation under the Justice Ministry's compensation law for Jewish victims of the Nazi atrocities, the Justice Ministry said August 27.

The Justice Ministry is scripting a law which will define who gets compensation for war-time atrocities. Slovakia is said to be the only post-communist country that still does not have a law on reimbursing victims of the Nazi regime.

While Slovak citizens deported to Nazi concentration camps in Europe and Slovakia will get compensation, others will not. Other rules for the reimbursement will follow the same legal norms used to compensate Slovak citizens who were "re-educated" or deported to the former Soviet Union, the ministry said.

The Jewish religious community in Slovakia and the Hidden Child organization have objected to the fact that Jews who were hiding will receive nothing. The Justice Ministry said that such compensation would "exceed the financial possibilities of the country." Parliament will deal with the bill "on the reimbursement of persons deported to Nazi concentration camps" in September.

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