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Subject:  Re: OT: Reparations Date:  6/6/2001  2:38 AM
Author:  SeattlePioneer Number:  41100 of 876422

<<So let's say that a former Holocaust slave labourer dies prior to receiving his reparation payment. So nothing would paid to his estate? And if so, what would be the dis-incentive for the unscrupulous to just tie up payments in litigation until after the effected ones die?

IMHO, if the slave laborer filed a claim before his or her death, the case should be allowed to continue until it is decided in court. In that case, the damages would be payable to the estate.


So, slave laborers who worked for Oscar Schindler might be looking for some assets to file a claim against?

War is a brutal business, and it's probably a mistake to discourage the use of forced labor by a conquering power, since the alternative may simply be mass muder. Slavery has been a common fate of the conquered throughout human history, and is one of the ways a conquered population was able to bargain for their lives.

The brutal fact is that for many groups captured by Russians, Germans, Japanese and others, those who were fortunate enough to become forced laborers were the lucky ones.

The war is over. Whatever reparations were to be extracted from the conquered were a part of the peace settlement. Trying to compensate people decades after the fact for injustices done during a war is just a low level form of warfare against an old enemy , and should not be indulged in by reasonable people.

Seattle Pioneer
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