Wednesday May 27, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Germany rejects Greek Jews' Nazi-era reparation claim

Germany on Wednesday rejected a fresh Nazi-era reparation claim by Thessalonikis Jewish community but offered the group cooperation on future projects.

"With regard to issues of reparations, there are no new developments and all these questions are answered, a German finance ministry spokesman told a press conference.

The citys Jewish community said Tuesday it had sued Germany at the European Court of Human Rights for compensation over a forced ransom paid to Nazi occupation forces.

It said Jewish residents had paid 2.5 million drachmas to a Nazi commander in July 1942 to secure the release of thousands of Jewish men submitted to brutal forced labour.

Despite the payment, raised from donations and property sales, most of the victims were later transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland where they perished.

A German foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that Berlin was ready to work on unspecified new projects with the citys Jewish community, independent of the legal bid.

"Its our express proposal to pursue forward-looking projects with the Jewish community of Thessaloniki," he told reporters.

The finance ministry spokesman said Germany has always indicated an awareness of its historical responsibility for World War II crimes.

"In the relationship with Greece, questions about the future play the fundamental role," he said.

Greece has said in recent years it reserves the right to claim more wartime reparations, arguing it was forced to accept unfavourable terms during negotiations with Germany in the 1950s. [AFP]

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday February 26, 2014 (20:34)  
Greece says deal with creditors is close; markets cheer
Falling museum visitor grabs at, smashes ancient Greek vase
Greece says has begun drafting agreement with creditors
Technical teams from creditors and Greece drafting agreement, says govt source
Resolve Greece talks soon to avoid crisis, says USs Lew
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew called Wednesday for Greece's debt crisis to be resolved quickly to avoid the risk of "accidents", as G7 finance ministers gathered. "Brinkmanship is a dangero...
Economic sentiment weakens in Cyprus in May, says survey
Economic sentiment in Cyprus weakened in May, a publicly funded survey said on Wednesday, as businesses forecast a worsening financial situation in the coming three months. The Economic Sent...
Inside Business
SOCCER
AEK Athens returns to top league after financial collapse
Greek club AEK Athens has just returned to the country's top soccer league, two years after financial collapse sent it to a lower league. One of the country's largest clubs, AEK sealed its s...
SOCCER
Berg brace gives Panathinaikos four-point lead
Panathinaikos beat Atromitos on Sunday and took advantage of the goalless draw between PAOK and Asteras Tripolis to open a four-point gap from PAOK at the top of the Super League play-off mi...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Romantic notions meet reality
Before the elections, there was a considerable number of people who totally disagreed with the ideas and program put forward by SYRIZA, but they expected that the leftist party would, at lea...
EDITORIAL
Solving the Gordian Knot
The leftist-led government, as well as the country, have both been seriously damaged and exposed to risk from the evident indecision and repeated contradictions dogging the ongoing negotiati...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Greece says deal with creditors is close; markets cheer
2. Falling museum visitor grabs at, smashes ancient Greek vase
3. Greece says has begun drafting agreement with creditors
4. Technical teams from creditors and Greece drafting agreement, says govt source
5. Resolve Greece talks soon to avoid crisis, says USs Lew
6. Commissioner Avramopoulos calls for EU solidarity on immigration issue [Update]
more news
Today
This Week
1. Some 300 mln left banks on Tuesday
2. Romantic notions meet reality
3. Target of Greek scorn shapes nations fate as IMFs storm-chaser
4. Solving the Gordian Knot
5. The G-7's problem: Can the world deal with a Greek default?
6. ECB said to leave emergency aid level for Greek banks unchanged
Today
This Week
1. Conspiracy madness
2. National self-awareness put to the test
3. Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
4. Hotel contracts with a Greek default clause
5. Neither Grexit nor a dual currency will solve Greeces problems
6. Merkel said to plan address for Greece if deal reached
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.