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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.
   
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1 Sep 00



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