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Information bulletin
(June 1951)

Washington report,   pp. 65-[67] PDF (1.8 MB)


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Judge Claudio Delitala, HICOG magistrate at Starnberg,
mnuinber and past commander of American Legion Post
No. 15 in St. Louis, Mo., and Hugh Hinchcliffe, legal
adviser for the International Refugee Organization in US
zone, teamed recently to present toys to displaced-
person children at IRO's Children's Village at Bad Aib-
ling, Bavaria. Total of 12,000 pounds of toys was given
Il12 from American Legion's "Tide of Toys."  (IRO photo)
been tragic years, in which the dream of San Francisco
has faded into a dimming hope that the great power
that threatens war again will realize at some point that
its own security depends on cooperation for peace. But
Joe Polowsky has never given up the dream. From year
to year he keeps prodding congressmen, UN delegates,
nditors, all who will listen to his story, to remember
the purpose for which the war was fought and the inter-
national organization established.
So far he has not been able to appeal to the right
people. But this year an attempt has been made to carry
the message of the Elbe to the Russians. At the in-
silaLion of the Friends of Fighters for Russian Freedom,
the American Legion and other veterans' organizations
joined in broadcasting a reminder of the day to their
fioiier comrades-in-arms of the Soviet Army. Through
the Voice of America they reaffirmed the principles that
inspiied Americans to fight for the liberation of Europe
and declared their solidarity with the people in Russia
who yearn for freedom. That the number of these rebels
is not inconsiderable, and that they hear the words ad-
dli ssed to them over the air waves, is attested by
thousands of refugees who risk their lives to escape
fiorn Soviet tyranny.
It is gratifying to know that at last, through the Free
1i ope committee, Senator McMahon's resolution in the
Senite, and other means, a serious effort is being made
to encourage resistance behind the Iron Curtain and
aid the fugitives who are able to break through. A dis-
palch from Frankfurt yesterday reported a change in
Anmerican official policy toward the escapees. High Com-
mnissioner McCloy announced that political refugees will
not be sent back, and that a new organization will be
set up to help them find a place for themselves in the
free world.
The practical recognition that the Elbe is not a
dividing line, in the sense that we have friends and
potential allies in East Europe as well as in the West,
is long overdue. The fury of the Soviet campaign is not
only proof that it is not easy to work up hate of the
United States among the Russian people; it is a clear
challenge to a full and more effective use of the weapons
of political warfare.
Claims under Berlin General Claims Law
The Department of State wishes to direct the attention
of United States residents to the recent promulgation by
the Berlin City Assembly of legislation known as the
Berlin General Claims Law. The coming into force of
this legislation provides a means whereby certain clas-
ses of persons, who suffered monetary and other los-
ses in Berlin during the Nazi regime, may receive in-
demnification for losses falling outside the scope of
restitution legislation previously enacted in Berlin. The
registry agency is the Entschaedigungsamt, Fehrbelliner
Platz 1, Wilmersdorf (borough), Berlin, Germany. Claims
based on this legislation must be filed with that reg-
istry agency by Jan. 10, 1952.
The Berlin General Claims Law provides that persons
who during the period from Jan. 30, 1933, to May 8,
1945, were persecuted because of political conviction
or for racial, religious or ideological grounds and thereby
suffered damage to life and limb, health, liberty, pos-
sessions, property or economic advancement shall be
entitled to restitution according to its provisions.
For the city of Berlin to be liable as restitutor,
claimants must have had their legitimate domicile or
usual residence in Berlin on Jan. 1, 1947, or have been
assigned to Berlin as a refugee, or, having had such
domicile or residence, have died, emigrated, have been
deported or have been expelled prior to that date.
Persons desiring further information concerning the
Berlin General Claims Law should address their inquiries,
including requests for copies of the law, to the Ent-
schaedigungsamt in Berlin. -from Department of State
Bulletin, May 7.                             +END
A recent informal visit to Berlin brought Assistant US High
Commissioner for Operations Chauncey Parker (third from
left) to Berlin's US Information Center. With Mr. Parker in
Children's Reading Room are (I. to r.) US Commander of
Berlin Maj. Gen. Lemuel Mathewson, Mrs. Parker and
Center director Chris Legge.      (PRB BE-HICOG photo)
JUNE 1951


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