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Cabinet approves Jewish compensation

The cabinet has agreed to pay 850 million crowns ($19 million) in compensation to Slovak Jews for property confiscated and suffering endured under the country’s Nazi-collaborator second world war government.

The money is to be deposited in an account at the central bank, with Sk60-65 million to be paid out yearly through 2012 to support direct compensation as well as social, educational and cultural programmes for the Jewish community.

Experts estimate the money represents about 10 per cent of the property damages the Jewish community actually suffered.

“We regard this as moral compensation, but of course no compensation for the lives of the victims,” said František Alexander, head of the Association of Jewish Religious Communities (UZZNO).

A seven-member committee including Jewish representatives and government officials will decide how the money is to be used.

“It [Sk850 million] represents as low as we were prepared to go,” said UZZNO secretary Jozef Weiss.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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