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Austrian-jewish Reparations Talks Start on June 22nd in Vienna

Negotiation between world Jewish organizations and the Austrian Government over Jewish claims for damages suffered during the Nazi regime will open here officially on June 22, It was reported today. The talks, agreed to by Austrian Government leaders last year, were delayed several times because of a Cabinet crisis and national elections.

The new Chancellor, Dr. Julius Raab, shortly after his installation earlier this year, renewed the promises of his predecessor, Leopold Figl. A spokesman for the new Chancellor today stated that he hopes to come to a speedy settlement with the Jewish organizations provided they consider Austria’s economic status and do not present “exaggerated claims.”

The negotiating, delegation of Jewish organizations, headed by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, who led the successful negotiations with West Germany, will arrive here June 16 or 17. Before formal negotiations open their well meet with Chancellor Raab and Vice Chancellor Adolf Schaerf to survey the overall scope of the negotiations. The delegation will also confer with Austrian Jewish leaders in advance of the initiation of negotiations.

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