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Austria Urged to Set Higher Standards of Indemnification for Jews

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A resolution calling upon the Government of Austria and upon the Austrian Parliament to set higher standards of payment to Jewish victims of Nazism, and to include additional groups among the beneficiaries, was passed here today at a special meeting called by the Committee for Jewish Claims from Austria.

Attending the meeting were representatives of the Federation of Austrian Jewish Communities and of the World Council of Jews from Austria which includes former Austrian Jews now residing in the United States, Britain and Israel.

The committee which called today’s meeting was established in 1953 by representatives of 22 world Jewish organizations and national Jewish groups in various countries. After a long series of negotiations, the Austrian Government signed an agreement undertaking to enact suitable legislation on behalf of Jewish victims of Nazism in Austria.

Today’s meeting expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that “many thousands of needy victims are ineligible under the legislation finally passed, while the amounts a warded to those eligible have been insignificant.”

“More than 20 years have passed.” the resolution noted, “since the barbaric campaign of destruction against the Jewish population in Austria. More than 14 years have gone by since Austria was liberated from the tyrannic regime. Thousands of victims have already died, without having received indemnification. It is now high time for Austria to show justice toward the surviving victims.”

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