Austrians Resent U.S. Protest on Pro-nazi Amnesty Laws

There is strong resentment in official circles here against the State Department’s protest on the Nazi amnesty laws passed by the Austrian Parliament last week, and the American threat to veto the legislation in the Allied Council.

It was learned today that high officials of the People’s Party, the major government party, are suggesting that Austria reject the American protest. The Austrian press is also hostile to the American position. Both officials and newspapers insist that the purpose of the legislation is only to restore the “economic means of existence” to persons whose only crime was to have once occupied “unimportant positions in the Nazi Party.”

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