Greek court rules against Nazi victims

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Marcus
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Greek court rules against Nazi victims

Post by Marcus » 18 Sep 2002 15:58

Greece's highest court has ruled against thousands of Nazi victims who are seeking compensation from Germany for World War II atrocities.
The Special Supreme Court in Athens said on Wednesday that Greek courts could not try cases against a foreign country.
But a lawyer for the 60,000 Greek claimants said the case, which has strained relations between Germany and Greece, would go before European courts.
Among the plaintiffs are descendants of an infamous 1944 Nazi massacre in the Greek village of Distomo, where German forces went on a rampage and killed 218 men, women and children.
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Germany has maintained that it settled all such claims in the 1960s with a $67m payment.
But in a 2000 Supreme Court judgment, the Distomo claimants won about $27m in compensation.
Germany refused to pay, and the Greek court then authorised the seizure and auction of German state properties in Athens - such as the Goethe Institute language school.
But the Greek Government refused to approve selling the land for compensation, and court officials stopped trying to seize German property after Berlin launched a legal appeal.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2266597.stm

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Post by Dan » 19 Sep 2002 01:51

Dangerous game. With German currency being so stable, how many Greek assets are in Germany?

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Post by Karl da Kraut » 19 Sep 2002 10:59

Greece and Germany have the same currency - the Euro (€).

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Post by Dan » 19 Sep 2002 13:45

Karl da Kraut wrote:Greece and Germany have the same currency - the Euro (€).


Right, :oops:

But my point about assets stands.

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Re: Greek court rules against Nazi victims

Post by observer » 26 Sep 2002 16:41

in the Greek village of Distomo, where German forces went on a rampage and killed 218 men, women and children



some background info:

http://www.distomo.gr/history/massacre.htm

this page has it that the infamous picture associated with Distomo is actually from another atrocity:

http://home.t-online.de/home/Dieter.Beg ... m#eistomo2

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