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June 12, 2014 4:27 pm

Nazi Seizure of Stores Garners Jewish Family $68 Million Judgment

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The interior of the Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin after Kristallnacht. Photo: Wiki Commons.

JNS.orgA court in Berlin ordered Germany to compensate the descendants of the Jewish owners of a department store chain that was seized by Nazis with an additional 50 million euros ($68 million), The Associated Press reported.

The Schocken’s chain of stores in the Saxony region was seized by the Nazis in the 1930s. The descendants, who reside in Israel and the U.S., were already paid 15 million euros for one of the seized buildings in the 1990s.

One of the buildings that held one of the family’s stores, built in the city of Chemnitz by architect Erich Mendelsohn in 1930, now houses the German State Museum of Archaeology.

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