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Valuable Art Objects Belonging to Nazi Victims Traced in Austria

An estimated 100 valuable paintings and other artistic objects belonging mostly to Jews and some other victims of the Nazi regime in Austria may become permanent possessions of the Austrian Government if their owners do not claim them by 1968, Simon Wiesenthal told a press conference here today.

The head of the Jewish Documentation Center here said he had traced the valuables to a secret depot of the Austrian Government. He said also that he had asked three Austrian Cabinet ministers for help in finding the owners. He stressed that many Jewish emigrants or their heirs were still living in poverty in many countries, not knowing that the valuables were waiting to be claimed.