Washington (Jul. 15)
Gen(##)ucius D. Clay, American commander in Germany, has been authorized by the U.S. Government to designate “appropriate successor organizations” for heirless and unclaimed property seized from Jews and other perse(##)ees during the Nazi regime.
A directive from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which was approved by the War, (##)te and Navy Departments, instructs Clay that “persons or organizations deprived of their property as a result of National Socialist persecution should either have their property returned or be compensated therefor and persons who suffered personal damage (##)injury throughout national socialist persecution should receive indemnification in (##)man currency. With respect to heirless and unclaimed property subject to internal (##)titution you will designate appropriate successor organization.”
A section on “movement of persons” restates the U.S. policy of retaining responsibility for the care of displaced persons, pending their movement elsewhere and (##)ers maximum cooperation with the I.R.O. to “facilitate the emigration to other countries of those displaced persons unwilling to be repatriated.” It provides for (##) departure from Germany of only those Germans permitted to leave by allied agreements or instruction of the United States government.
Freedom of religion in the U.S. area of occupation is reaffirmed. “You will sure protection of religious activity and support these principles in the deliberations of the control council,” Gen. Clay was instructed. Another provision of the (##)tion on religious affairs authorizes the action necessary “to prevent the revival (##)National Socialist and militaristic activity under the cloak of a religious problem of organization.”