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President of Vienna Jewish Community Confers on Restitution Issues

Dr. Emil Maurer, president of the Vienna Jewish Community, conferred with Vice Chancellor A Patterman on the promulgation of a new restitution law to set up the organizations which, under the Austrian State Treaty, will administer the distribution of heirless property of victims of Nazism among surviving victims.

Dr. Maurer also demanded a lump sum payment to the Jewish community as restitution for synagogues, cemeteries and other communal property destroyed in 1938 by the Nazis. Herr Patterman promised to help. especially with the reconstruction of a sanctuary at the main Vienna Jewish cemetery.

Meanwhile, it was learned that the Austrian fund set up for the relief of Nazi victims from Austria now scattered in many lands abroad had already paid out 107,000,000 schillings. Forty-three million went to men and women now in the United States, 20,000,000 schillings to residents of Britain, and 20,000,000 to Israeli residents. Of 30,000 applications for aid, 18,000 have been approved.

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