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Czech Parliament Adopts Law Providing for Restitution of Confiscated Jewish Property

Jewish property which was confiscated during the German occupation or sold under duress will be returned to its owners under legislation adopted yesterday by the Czechoslovak parliament. All property transfers which were detrimental to Jews are to be considered invalid, even if the sale was “legal” according to then existing statutes.

Dr. Kurt Wehle, general secretary of the Union of Jewish Communities, said that the new law was generally satisfactory, although there are several bases on which applications for property restitution can be rejected: applicants must prove their political reliability, the public interest must not be harmed by the return of the property, and the circumstances of the original transfer will be taken into account.