German Provincial Authorities, Amg Officials Meet but Fail to Act on Restitution Law

German officials representing four German provinces in the American zone met today in Stuttgart, but failed to take action on a property restitution law which had been drafted previously and amended by the War Department.

Two American military government officials, who attended the meeting and who have been representing the American authorities in matters pertaining to the restitution law, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that “administrative delay” was responsible for the meeting’s failure to act on the legislation. The amendments which arrived from Washington recently must be studied by each of the four provincial governments before the zone-wide conference can take final action.

The next meeting of provincial officials is scheduled for March 6. A spokesman for the German officials, however, pointed out that it is possible, although unlikely, that the group’s interim committee may take action before next month.

(Differences of opinion on the restitution law between the Office of Military Government and the State Department and Jewish organizations have been resolved, it was learned today in Washington. They were concerned, in part, with the degree of protection to present holders of property who acquired it in good faith, or without participating in the original wrong.)

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