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Monday, 10 September, 2001, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Greeks to auction German assets

Greek survivors of a German massacre in the Second World War say they are determined to go ahead with the auction of German assets in Greece to recoup damages.

Last year, the Greek supreme court ordered Germany to pay about $25m to the survivors of the June 1944 massacre in the central village of Distomo, where SS forces killed 218 men, women and children.

When Germany refused to pay, the survivors won a court ruling allowing them to auction off German state property in Greece starting on 19 September.

Germany appealed against the ruling but correspondents say a court decision is unlikely to come before the deadline.

The survivors say they will start by auctioning the Goethe cultural institute, followed by the German archaeological school and the German high school.

Germany, which paid Greece about $67m in war reparations in the 1960s, says it considers the question of damages closed.

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