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Britain Urged to Join U.S. Protest Against Austria’s Pro-nazi Laws

The British Government was asked today to emulate the action of the Government of the United States in disapproving the pro-Nazi laws passed last week by the Austrian Parliament restoring property and civil right to about 20,000 former Nazis and annuling certain laws from which Jewish victims of Nazism would have benefitted.

A delegation of the World Jewish Congress headed by A. L. Easterman, secretary of the organization, today visited British Minister of State Selwyn Lloyd and discussed the Austrian pro-Nazi laws and their implications. The delegation pointed out that any member of the Allied Council in Vienna has the power to veto these laws, and urged that Britain should associate herself with the United States in protesting the laws to the Austrian Government.

The delegation also informed the British Minister of the curtailment of Jewish restitution rights in Austria. It emphasized that heirless Jewish property has not yet been allocated by the Austrian Government for Jewish purposes. In this respect Austria has fallen considerably behind West Germany, the delegation pointed out.

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