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Austrian Cabinet Approves Bill on Heirless Property of Nazi Victims

The Austrian Cabinet today approved a bill authorizing the start of collection agencies required under the Austrian Peace treaty to reclaim heirless property for rehabilitating victims of Nazism living in Austria.

The measure implements an earlier law for the creation of two separate collecting agencies–one for Jews and one for non-Jews–which will represent the claims of the Nazi victims. Austrian Jewish groups have been urging such a measure for four years because without the enabling legislation, no collections could be made.