German Officials in British Zone Not Instructed to Void Property Transfers Under Nazis

German authorities in the British zone of Germany have not been instructed to make certain that property trensfers made during the Nazi regime shall not be recognized as legal, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Christopher Mayhew told Commons.

He said that property transferred under duress was covered by a British military government law prohibiting transactions in such property without military government sanction. When one member pointed out that many forced sales of property seemed legal on their face, Mayhew said that consideration was being given to this problem. He told another member that he could not promise at this time that the eventual treaty of peace with Germany would contain a clause covering such transactions, such as has been included in the peace treaties with the satellite nations.

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