Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Greek Jews Sue Germany In European Court For Return of Ransom Paid To Nazis

AP reports that the Jewish community of Thessaloniki, Greece last week filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights in a suit against Germany seeking to recover the $69 million in ransom paid in 1942 to Nazi occupiers for the release of thousands of Jewish men aged 18-45 who were forced as slave laborers to work on construction projects across Greece. Soon after their release, the city's entire Jewish population was sent to German death camps anyway. Greece's Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit last year on jurisdictional grounds.

1 comment:

jimbino said...

The problem, of course, is that almost all Germans were victims too. If any retribution is to be sought, it should be paid by those allies, especially the USSA, who not only protected Nazis left in Germany, but also hired and praised types like Werner von Braun and his hundreds of minions.

The Germany I knew of the 70s was still full of Nazis, mostly in positions of power, like Burgermeister of Hochschuhlleiter (earlier Hochscuhlf├╝hrer).