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Austria to Start Payment of Restitution to Aged Nazi Victims Abroad

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The newly-established Austrian Government restitution fund for victims of Nazism now living abroad will be ready to make first payments by the coming October, it was learned here today. First payments will go to victims who are over 75 years of age and not working.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Austria has appealed to the government to carry out the provisions of the Austrian State Treaty as far as making restitution to Jewish victims is concerned. The meeting also demanded effective measures against the resurrection of racist and discriminatory propaganda. It asked for extension of the deadline for filing of claims under Austrian restitution legislation.

In response to a demand from the Jewish communities that action be taken against the former Gestapo agent H. Sanitzer, the Justice Minister has replied that he is studying new documents in the case. Sanitzer, who was convicted by an Austrian court of war crimes, was extradited to the Soviet Union for other crimes and recently returned in a general release of prisoners by the USSR. Despite his crimes, Sanitzer remains free, while the authorities have refused to move against him.

A Jewish cemetery at Floridsdorf has been invaded by unknown persons and eight tombstones have been overturned, it was reported here today. Local police are working on the case. The cemetery was recently restored at great cost by the Jewish community.

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