Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz will demand between 450 million to 1 billion euros in reparations from Germany on behalf of Jews forced into slave labor during the Holocaust, it emerged on Sunday.
Minister Steinitz will reportedly present German government with the demand on behalf of 30,000 Israeli survivors of forced labor in wartime ghettos, during a joint session scheduled to take place in early 2010 in Berlin.
Israeli officials estimate that according to a ghetto workers act passed by the German parliament in 2002, all of the 30,000 living forced labor survivors are entitled to a retroactive payment of approximately 15,000 euros each.
However, Finance Ministry officials say that according to the German government's calculations, the one-time payment is larger than that estimated by Israel, and reaches a total of 1 billion euros.
In addition to the one-time payment, the survivors are also entitled to a monthly allowance, which adds up to around 100 million euros a year.
In September, Germany's top court dismissed a claim yesterday for the return of land seized by the Nazis from its Jewish owner in 1933.
Jewish businessman Adolf Sommerfeld, who owned nearly 80 percent of a company building a housing estate in the Berlin suburb of Kleinmachnow, was beaten up and shot at by Nazi thugs and fled Germany in 1933, the year the Nazis came to power.
The Nazis later sold the homes to their occupants, who are now the owners. Seizures of property from Jews continued through the 1930s, culminating in the Holocaust.
Click to view image: 'nut & yahoo' Benyamin Netanyahu, son of Benzion Netanyahu (born Benzion Mileikowsky), holds up a blueprint of the Auschwitz forced labour camp. Benzion Netanyahu was secretary of Ze'ev Jabotinsky "the father of Zionist Revisionism".
The Zionist Revisionists offered to enter WWII on the side of the Nazis in order to drive the allies out of Palestine. The last offer they made to fight us was in late 1942. The Nazis again declined their offer.
The Zionist Revisionists repeatedly rejected the notion of forming a Palestinian state.
Jabotinsky: "The goal of Zionism is: Eretz Yisrael as a single state on both sides of the Jordan River."
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