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British Board of Jewish Deputies Raps Austrian Acquittals of Nazis

The Board of Deputies of British Jews today deplored the recent acquittal by an Austrian court of Franz Novak, an aide of Adolf Eichmann, in carrying out the annihilation of hundreds of thousands of Jews. In a strongly-worded resolution, the Board called on the Austrian authorities to take immediate steps to ensure that “those responsible for atrocious crimes under the Nazis should be brought to retribution,” and to prevent the spread of neo-Nazism. The resolution said that the recent acquittals of Novak and others involved in Nazi mass murders “appear to reflect a disturbing indifference in Austria to crimes against humanity and acts of genocide.”

The Board was addressed by Dr. William Wexler, of Savannah, world president of the B’nai B’rith, and Ambassador Philip M. Klutznick, former B’nai B’rith president and former member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations. Both American Jewish leaders, currently visiting Britain, lauded the cooperation between the B’nai B’rith and the Board through the Conference of Jewish Organizations. Dr. Wexler called for the establishment in Britain of Hillel Foundations, similar to those existing at American college and university campuses.

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