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Bill Would Aid Holocaust Victims

February 13, 1998

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Organizations that assist Holocaust survivors would share up to $25 million under legislation signed Friday by President Clinton. He said he hoped it would help provide a small measure of ``dignity and relief″ for victims whose assets were seized.

The measure, passed by the Senate last November and by the House last month, also authorizes an additional $5 million for archival research to help with the restitution of assets that were looted or extorted from Holocaust victims.

The funds would be distributed over a three-year period.

In a statement, Clinton said the bill would provide some redress to Holocaust survivors.

``There can be no way to deliver full justice for the many millions of victims of Nazi persecution, and we know that the unspeakable losses of all kinds that they suffered will never be made whole,″ Clinton said. ``Yet it is my hope that with this bill, we can help provide some dignity and relief to those who were subjected to the ultimate barbarism of the Holocaust, and that it will hasten the restitution that they undeniably deserve.″

Clinton said the bill would also strengthen U.S. efforts aimed at encouraging countries that possess gold looted from Holocaust victims to donate those assets to the Nazi Persecution Fund.

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