''A Mutual Responsibility and a Moral Obligation'': The by Günter Saathoff, Michael Jansen

By Günter Saathoff, Michael Jansen

This booklet includes the ultimate record of Germany’s "Remembrance, accountability, and destiny" starting place, giving a finished background of the country’s use of slave exertions in the course of global warfare II and the complicated technique during which reparations for survivors have been negotiated.

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Here it is intended only to provide a basis for understanding two things when considering the criminal nature of the system and the compensation provided for it. First of all, there were many different forms of exploitation (particularly of foreigners) in Nazi Germany during the war, and there was a certain amount of interplay between these forms. By way of example, prisoners of war from Poland or later from Italy were given the status of civilian workers to make it easier to exploit their labor.

After half a century of neglecting this matter, any attempt to reduce these various forms of forced labor to a purely economic issue would be doomed to failure. They were forms of economic violence. Providing compensation for these acts of violence cannot be conceived of merely as late payment of withheld wages by former employers. Ironically, the very worst of the perpetrators in question no longer exist. In general, the payment of compensation to such a large group of persons cannot take into account the individual fates suffered by the victims.

In Jerusalem he asked friends and relevant members of the Israeli government for their support and assistance as intermediaries. He met with an advance team of legal experts from Eizenstat’s staff at the State Department in Washington. In talks with their German counterparts the members of the advance team dispelled any hopes that German industry might be granted legal peace before compensation was paid.

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