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Jewish Leaders Protest Austrian Laws As “reversion” to Nazism

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Representatives of the American Jewish Committee and the World Jewish Congress yesterday criticized a series of draft laws now before the Austrian Parliament for "reverting to the Nazi regime" and for endangering the right of Nazi victims to recovery of property stolen from them by the Nazis.

Speaking to a press conference here, Zachariah Shuster of the American Jewish Committee and Dr. S. Roth of the World Jewish Congress reported that they had protested against the laws to Chancellor Leopold Figl and other members of the Austrian Government but were unable to get assurances that the measures would be amended.

They expressed the hope that the Allied Powers would veto the Austrian legislation which amnesties thousands of ex-Nazis, restores civil rights, property and economic advancement to many former Nazis and places in jeopardy the property rights of Nazi victims whose property was returned after the war’s end.

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