Jews to Seek British Intervention with Austria on Claims

A delegation of British Jewish leaders will confer with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs tomorrow on the deadlock in the Austro-Jewish negotiations for settlement of claims resulting from Nazi persecution of Jews in Austria, Barnett Janner told a meeting today of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Mr. Janner said he was delaying leaving for Israel so that he could lead the delegation.

Meanwhile, the Board of Deputies called on the British Government and the Allied Powers to use their influence with the Austrian Government to secure a fair settlement of the claims presented by the Jewish groups. The ##ard adopted a resolution expressing its regret that the Austrian Government, “without regard for the responsibility of large sections of the Austrian populace for the sufferings of Jewish victims under the Nazi regime in Austria, apparently has no intention of making a contribution of significance toward the refrens of the wrongs inflicted on these victims. “

Mr. Janner also told the meeting of the Board of Deputies that the Jewish claims conference had come to the conclusion that from the very start of the Austro-Jewish talks the Austrians had “no serious intention” of making a “significant contribution” to a solution of the problem. He added that the claims conference could see no useful purpose in further negotiations unless the Austrian Government changes its attitude.

Dr. Noah N. Barou, World Jewish Congress leader who served as a member of the negotiating committee which worked out the reparations pact with Bonn, declared that there was a greater danger of a Nazi revival in Austria than in Germany.

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