Germany Agrees ‘in Principle’ to Compensate Nazi Victims in Austria

While German and Austrian negotiators, discussing West Germany’s contribution to Austria’s compensation to be paid victims of nazism have agreed “in principle” on the issue, there will be no Austrian payments to persecutees before next fall at the earliest, according to an authoritative statement made here today.

The negotiations, pending a long time, were concluded “in principle” yesterday. One of the clauses provides for payments to persons persecuted by the Nazis in Austria for racial or political reasons.

However, the amount of Germany’s contribution to Austria’s restitution program has not yet been determined. When that point is settled, probably in March, the treaty will have to be ratified by the parliaments here and at Bonn before it becomes effective.

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