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Austrian Jews Freed from Camps Protest Government’s Failure to Assist Them

A demand that discrimination between racial and political refugees in Austria be abandoned was voiced last night at a meeting here of 600 Jewish former internees in Nazi camps. Among those attending were representatives of Chancellor Leopold Figl and of the mayor and city council of Vienna.

Speakers declared that while assistance is being given to persons jailed for political reasons by the Germans, public officials and agencies are refusing aid to returning Jews, who were interned on racial grounds. One speaker pointed out that the Jews were the “most political” of all the internees, since the Nazis regarded Jews as their chief “political problem.”

It was revealed that the Jewish Community Council has registered 1,670 former internees, as well as 32 children under fourteen years old who were also confined in camps. Up to now, the Council has received only $50 in relief for them, and some parcels contributed by the American Red Cross.