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BRAMA, Nov. 30, 1999, 10:00pm EST
Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor Class Action Litigation

German Forced Labor Settlement at a Crossroads
Bonn, Germany

On November 17, 1999, the sixth in the series of negotiations between representatives of forced/slave laborers and German Industry ended without the negotiators finding a solution that would be acceptable to both the victims and the companies. The date and time of the next crucial meeting has not been established but it is anticipated to occur before Christmas of this year.

Although both sides have made considerable concessions in their respective positions ,the negotiators find themselves at a crossroads where an inappropriate or obstinate move by anyone of the numerous parties can torpedo the negotiations into failure.

The negotiators are fully cognizant of the fact that failure would deprive hundreds of thousands of victims of any hope of compensation whatsoever. On the other hand, German industry would be bogged down in numerous lengthy legal battles (which even if they were resolved in favor of Germany) would expose German industry to public scrutiny and criticism for their actions during World War II.

Previously in October of this year, German negotiators had offered a total settlement of 6 billion DM. At the November Bonn meeting, after intense closed-door negotiations between each of the individual victim groups, German representatives and US Government negotiators, German industry increased their offer to 8 billion DM. Although these individual negotiation sessions were aimed at dividing the victims groups, the Eastern European delegation and the Plaintiffs lawyers were able to maintain a unified position and stated that this new offer was still insufficient. The Germans negotiators also reversed their prior position and stated that their settlement offer would not be based on compensating agricultural and domestic workers. However, the negotiators for both sides made it clear that any settlement payments that would be made to the individual country delegations would be in a lump sum and it would be at the discretion of each of the Eastern European delegations to include farm workers in the individual compensatory payout if they so wished.

The November negotiations in Bonn concluded with both sides putting forward their anticipated range of settlement: 6-10 billion on the German side and 10-15 billion on the victim side. Both sides were cautiously optimistic that the next meeting in mid December should see the success of the negotiations.

For further information:
Myroslaw Smorodsky. Esq.
Smorodsky & Stawnychy
75 Union Avenue PO Box 1705 Rutherford, NJ 07070
Tel: 201-939-1999 Fax: 201-507-3970

Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor
Class Action Litigation
Present status of the German settlement
· German Settlement Documents
· International Organization for Migration (IOM) Forced Labor Website IOM Holocaust Victim Assets Programme (Swiss Banks) and German Forced Labour Compensation Programme

· Austrian Settlement Documents
· Austrian Application Notice

· Forced/Slave Labor Homepage
· Brama's UkraiNewstand
· News and Related Forced Labor & Holocaust Assets sites
Press Releases
· Sep 27 02 - US Court Increases Payments Under Swiss Banks Settlement; IOM will increase by 45% the amounts distributed to members of Slave Labour Class I and the Refugee Class [IOM]
· Sep 23 02 - IOM Pays Slave Labourers Under Swiss Banks Settlement: 436 members of certain persecuted groups have received full payment for their claims [IOM]
· Jul 26 02 - Extended Hotline Hours Improve IOM Service for German Forced Labor Claimants [IOM]
· Jun 15 02 - 17,000 slave and forced laborers worldwide have received first payments through IOM [IOM]
· Feb 7 02 - Many Claimants Lack Sufficient Documentation [IOM]
· Feb 1 02 - UECC (Philadelphia) is processing applications for Austrian Compensation
· Jan 30 02 - IOM paid almost 10 percent of presumably eligible claims
· Aug 22 01 - New Filing Deadline For Claims Under Swiss Banks Settlement
· May 10 01 - Judge Kram grants Central and East European countries request for emergency relief
· Mar 13 01 - IOM is ready to make payments but Recent US Court decision may further delay compensation
· Mar 7 01 - Judges decision not to dismiss Holocaust banking cases should not deter forced laborers from filing applications
· Mar 7 01 - U.S. Court Decision on Holocaust-Era Payments
· Jan 17 01 - Ukrainian American lawyer receives Presidential recognition
· Oct 29 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Compensation Agreements Signed
· Oct 29 00 - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Maidannyk's speech at the signing of the Ukrainian-Austrian agreements
· Oct 18 00 - Update on German and Austrian Forced Labor Class Action Litigation
· Oct 18 00 - , (UkrCP1251)
· Jul 19 00 - Forced/Slave Labor Accord Signed After Lengthy Negotiations
· May 22 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Negotiations Progress Quickly
· Apr 21 00 - Questions regarding applying for forced labor compensation
· Jan 5 00 - Slave/forced Labor Settlement Reached
· Nov 30 99 - German Forced Labor Settlement at a Crossroads
· Oct 10 99 - Germans offer 6 Billion Marks as compensation to WW II victims
· Sept 15 99, Press Release - Appeal to Ukrainian Forced/Slave Laborers
· Aug 15 99, Press Release - Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor Class Action Litigation
· Aug 12 99, Press Release - Reparations Sought by Ukrainian Slave Laborers

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