Allies Reported Agreeing on Opposing Austrian Pro-nazi Laws

Western and Soviet occupation authorities have agreed on a common attitude toward the pro-Nazi laws passed recently by the Austrian Parliament to the detriment of Jewish victims of Nazism, it was reported today by the New York Times in a cable from Vienna.

“If this attitude is reflected in the decisions of the Allied Council, as is virtually certain, none of these laws will be permitted to go into effect in their present form. Thus the attempt of the Austrian People’s and Socialist parties to gain Nazi votes at the expense of the victims of nazism will be defeated.” the report said.

One of the laws would have compelled those whose property had been “Aryanized” and since restituted to sell back to the “Aryanizers” in certain cases at prices fixed by the Austrian courts. This would have affected former Austrians who have since become citizens of the United States. The Austrians have been relying on the division of opinion among the occupation powers to get at least the constitutional laws through the Allied Council. It is understood, however, that the council members have agreed to disapprove the reacquisition law and send the others back for amendments that will compensate the victims of nazism more adequately, the Times reported.

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