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Nazi Victims (Compensation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure early compensation from the Federal German Government for British citizens who suffered persecution by the Nazi régime and to secure compensation for those concentration camp survivors who are now political refugees and who, in defiance of undertakings given by the Federal German Government in the Bonn Convention, are being denied compensation under the Federal German Compensation Law.

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

Her Majesty's Government have opened discussions with the Federal German Government on this subject.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Have not these discussions been going on for some time and have not these people been very hardly treated indeed? Many years have gone by. Was there not a strict undertaking in the Bonn Convention of 1952, repeated in 1955, that this category of refugees should be sympathetically considered, and so far they have not been so considered?

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

I agree that a settlement is taking a long time. I hope that these negotiations will now achieve a settlement. The Federal German Government are in no doubt about the importance which we attach to the matter.

Photo of Sir John Hall Sir John Hall , Wycombe

Is my hon. Friend aware that certain German doctors who were debarred by the German medical profession because of the part they played in carrying out experiments on prisoners during the war are now coming back into practice, with the permission of the German medical authorities?

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

That is a much wider question. I should prefer not to answer my hon. Friend until I have seen it on the Paper.