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Germany    BISHOPS MAY PAY INTO NAZI VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND
The German bishops' conference said on Sunday it may pay into a fund set up to compensate victims of the World War II Nazi regime after acknowledging that some may have been used as forced labour.
    "I think a basic compensation is justified," Rudolf Hammerschmidt, a spokesman for the German Bishops' Conference, told Germany's SWR radio.
    The bishops said last month that there is evidence of some local priests during World War II using forced labor offered by Nazi officials for some tasks at parishes.
    Hammerschmidt said the bishops' conference was still investigating how far it was involved in using forced labor and had called upon various Catholic institutions to check their records and report back. He said the bishops on August 28 will discuss paying into a $A7.92 billion fund set up recently by the German government and industry to pay surviving victims around the world.
    CWN
9 Aug 00



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