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Austria Receives “acceptable” New Proposal on Jewish Claims

Government circles reported today receipt of a new proposal from world Jewish organizations to re-open negotiations on reparations demanded from Austria for Jewish victims of the Nazi regime. The negotiations have been stalled for several weeks.

The government spokesman indicated that the Jewish proposal appeared reasonable and acceptable to the government and the Austrian reply is expected within a few days. The proposal was said to call for payment by the Austrian Government of an advance against the lump sum demanded by the Jewish organizations in settlement of Jewish heirless property claims, the amount of this lump sum to be settled in subsequent negotiations. The proposal is also said to call for settlement in cases involving traceable property, case by case, by mixed commissions.