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Jewish Groups Satisfied with Firm Stand Taken by U.S. on Restitution

Satisfaction wigh High Commissioner McCloy’s statement was expressed in New York today by Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization, a New York membership corporation, which is the official successor body designated under the restitution law by the American Military Government to claim all heirless and unclaimed property of which the Jews in Germany have been deprived. The operating agents of the J.R.S.O. are the Jewish Agency and the Joint Distribution Committee.

Dr. Goldstein pointed out that the tempo of attacks by German officials, newspapers and organizations against the restitution law has been greatly stopped up in recent months. “It is clear,” said Dr. Goldstein, “that growing numbers of Germans new are unwilling to accept even the minimum responsibility of returning Jewish property. They now appear to regard restitution as a problem created by the Jews rather than the Germans. It is to be hoped that today’s just and strong statement by Mr. McCloy may serve to check a tendency which can only outrage the civilized world.”

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