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Austrians Claim Humanitarian Considerations Prompted Pact

The Austrian Government reached agreement with a committee of Jewish organizations to pay the sum of approximately $22 million to Nazi victims “on the basis of humanitarian considerations and despite the fact that the Austrian Government disclaims responsibility for the crimes committed against Austrians of Jewish extraction after the absorption of Austria by the German Reicn in 1938,” the Austrian Information Service said today in its publication, Austrian Information.

The report asserted that shortly after the war “restitution was made of most of the property, rights and interests that had been taken from victims of Nazism under duress.” Full restitution will be made out of the so-called “German assets, “the report stated, when these have passed into Austrian from Soviet hands.