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Austrian Catholic Party Held Responsible for Delay in Implementing Restitution Laws

Immediate restitution of the property of victims of Nazi persecution will be urged by the Austrian Socialist Party at the next meeting of Parliament, Bruno Pittermann, a Socialist deputy, declared today.

He blamed the majority People’s Party–the local Catholic party–for delay in implementing the restitution laws, drafts of which, he said, have been pigeon-holed for over a year. He predicted strong opposition in Parliament on the part of the People’s Party in addition to opposition by the newly-elected neo-Nazi deputies of the League of Independent Voters.