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Greek Government Will Turn over Heirless Jewish Property to Jewish Community Group

Heirless Jewish property in Greece will be turned over to a committee of nine persons appointed by the Federation of Jewish Communities there, Dr. Max Gottschalk, representative of the American Jewish Committee, now in Athens, was assured by the Greek Government, the Committee reported today.

The report estimated that the heirless property would amount to several million dollars. “If used for the benefit of the surviving Jews, this property may substantially alleviate their plight,” the report pointed out. There are now about 10,500 Jews in Greece of an original pre-war population of 75,000. The remainder perished through Nazi deportation and extermination. Ninety percent of the Jewish survivors live under precarious economic conditions due to confiscation of all their property during the Nazi occupation, the report stated.