|Germany||GERMAN CHURCH DENIES ABUSE OF WWII LABOURERS BUT OFFERS COMPENSATION|
The German Catholic Church denied it mistreated foreign forced labourers during World War II, but offered millions of dollars in compensation to those who may have suffered. |
The church made a commitment to give $A3.97 in compensation.
The president of the bishops' conference, Bishop Karl Lehmann of Mainz, said this week in a statement at the end of a bishops' meeting that the church and church organisations had employed foreign forced labor because so many staff --including priests, monks and nuns -- were serving as conscripts in the armed forces.
|1 Sep 00|