this is the biggest insult to Holocaust survivors and their families - Israel has not ripped of any money from Germany - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Reuben Jacobs, London
    • 30.09.12 | 15:05 (IST)

    Try looking up some facts before you make disgusting accusations. I'll give you the basics from memory. The Germans killed 6million Jews and looted the property of many more. Most of their huge multi nationals today (Siemens, VW, Mercedes etc) made astronomic profits from the war and more specifically slave labour (unusually harsh even with the history of slave labour as the slave had no monetary value and it was fine to work them to death). conservative estimates put German profits fro. The war at £40billion. Because the new menace after WW2 was the Soviets, the West insisted on virtually no reparations from W Germany - in fact they bolstered the new country economically. The Germans finally gave £2 measly billion to the new state of Israel as compensation for the near destruction of European Jewry. However, this reparation came with ties much like the lending of the IMF to the third world or indeed nowadays from the US to Israel - most of it had to be spend on German arms and agricultural equipment. Then approx 50 yrs later the aforementioned former slave owning multi nationals were forced to pay paltry sums to the few living survivors (many of whom were not Jewish). Other than that, maybe a few greedy insurance companies were forced to pay a couple of insurance policies they had illegally tried not to pay. Then you've got the thieving Swiss banks but thats another country and issue. If you call this 'ripping off the Germans' you either don't know your facts or have more sinister motives.

    from the article: German Jewish leader tells Haaretz: Anti-Semitism mounting in my country
    First published 08:45 30.09.12 | Last updated 00:45 30.09.12
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