Austria Reminded at U. N. of Her Reparations Obligations to Jews

The Austrian Government was reminded here of its obligations with regard to the payment of reparations to victims of Nazism, in a speech delivered by Israel delegate Emile Najar prior to the approval by the U. N. General Assembly of a resolution on Austria.

Israel was among the nations voting in favor of the resolution which called on the Western Powers and the Soviet Union to agree on the terms of a treaty ending the occupation of Austria and restoring the country to full sovereignty.

Emphasizing that Austria had given Dr. Theodor Herzl to the Jewish people, Mr. Najar pointed out that after Hitler’s entrance into Austria many Jews had to flee the country, among them the well-known author Stefan Zweing who died in Brazil and pothers who found their “redemption” in Israel.

The Israel Government sincerely felt that the Austrian Government meant to meet her obligations in regard to reparations to victims of Nazism, Mr. Najar said. His delegation hoped that soon the Austrian people would be able to free themselves from the shackles of foreign occupation. It was in this spirit that his delegation would support the four-power draft, the Israeli representative said.

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