Books: Wiedergutmachung

MAKING GOOD AGAIN by Lionel Davidson. 308 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

A claim to indemnification for loss of life may be asserted if the persecutes has been deliberately or frivolously killed or driven to his death. It shall be sufficient if there is a probable causal nexus between death and persecution.

—German Federal Law

The West German government's commendable attempt to pay reparations to the victims of Nazi cruelty is the most remarkable effort in history to treat sin as crime and then atone for it in cash. In absolute terms, the whole idea...

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