Pitterman Sees New Austro-german Talks on Indemnity for Nazi Victims

The agreement between Austria and the governments of the United States, Britain and France, to pay $6,000,000 in indemnification of certain claims by victims of Nazism, does not settle the indemnification “entirely,” Vice Chancellor Bruno Pitterman declared here today on his return from a visit to the United States.

Announcement of the Austrian agreement to pay that $6,000,000 was made here last week. Jewish observers pointed out then that the agreement has nothing whatever to do with proposals pushed here repeatedly for domestic indemnification legislation to compensate Jewish victims of Nazism in Austria.

Dr. Pitterman, conceding that the $6,000,000 settlement is only “an advance payment,” stated that negotiations will soon be resumed between Austria and Germany for fuller indemnification of Jewish and other victims of Nazism here. He insisted that Austria does not consider itself as the successor of the Hitler regime and is not responsible for “criminal deeds” committed here under the Hitler regime. Jewish observers here and abroad keep insisting, however, that Austria cannot glibly transfer all the blame to the Germans.

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