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Bundestag Ratifies Pact Giving $80, 000, 000 to Austria for Nazi Victims

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The Bundestag, lower House of Parliament, passed finally today legislation ratifying the German-Austrian agreement of last spring, under which West Germany is pledged to provide $80,000,000 to help finance Austrian compensation to various categories of former Austrian nationals who had suffered persecutions under the Nazi occupation of Austria. The bill was passed without debate.

The Austrian portion of the total compensation has not yet been determined by the Government in Vienna. The Austrian Parliament has adopted a number of bill’s, each dealing with a specific part of the overall indemnification program. It is certain that Jews will be among the beneficiaries of the overall program, but the number of Jews to benefit has not yet been determined.

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