GERMANY: Payment, But Not Expiation

In a guarded and secluded country inn near The Hague, Germans and Jews met as equals across a conference table last week for the first time in 18 years. In the intervening years, Hitler's Germans had killed 6,000,000 Jews. Now the new Jewish state of Israel asked $1 billion to pay the cost of resettling the half-million Jews who had escaped Hitler and moved on to Israel. The meeting was cold and proper. The German delegation promised "most careful consideration."

The real passion came not from Germany, which promises to pay some reparations, but from Israel, which wants redress but does...

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