ATHENS (Nov. 15)
Last-minute differences over the method of payment has held up the proposed sale of the Baron de Hirsch Hospital in Salonika, a Jewish community property, it was learned here today.
The American mission in Greece has agreed to pay 71,500 pounds for the property, which will be transferred to the Greek Government. The mission has agreed to make the payment directly from E.C.A. funds, but the Greeks insist upon using their own channels for payment.
The proposed sale, meanwhile, has aroused controversy in Israel and in the Athens Jewish community where claims are made for shares of the sale price. Some Salonika Jews who have resettled in Israel demand that a portion of the money be used to help 15,000 Salonika Jews in need of assistance in Israel. The Athens community also claims a share because many destitute Jews who formerly lived in Salonika now live in Athens and received relief and other assistance from the Athens community — itself a recipient of aid from the Joint Distribution Committee.