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Soviet Delegate Agrees to Waive Reparations on Certain Categories of Jewish Property

The Soviet delegate on the Austrian Treaty Commission today agreed that certain categories of Jewish property taken by the Germans, even if compensated for, do not fall into the category of German assets, and, therefore, are not subject to seizure for reparations.

The Soviet stand previously was that only property confiscated from Jews without payment should be returned to the former owners. Under today’s modification, the Russians agree that if the entire proceeds from such property were used to pay emigration or other discriminatory taxes, the property should revert to the Jewish owners. There is still no agreement on property for which full compensation was paid.