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Austrian Catholics Reluctant to Return Jewish-owned Property, Govt. Party Spokesman Says

All Catholic owners of property seized or confiscated from Jews by the Nazis were charged with unwillingness to return the property to its rightful owners by Franz Sobek, a spokesman for Chancellor Leopold Figl’s party, speaking at a Jewish mass meeting today. Sobek said that all the Catholics, regardless of whether they had been Nazis or not, were equally reluctant to make restitution.

Dr. I.A. Wolken, chief physician at the Rothschild Hospital, who was another speaker at the meeting, charged that neither the government nor any of the political parties in Austria were taking action to root out anti-Semitism in the country. He urged a nation-wide campaign of propaganda designed to educate the people against racism.