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Chancellor Pledges Austria Will Amend Laws on Payments to Victims of Nazism

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Chancellor Josef Klaus of Austria assured a delegation representing the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations here today that legislation will again be introduced in the Austrian Parliament to amend existing laws on pensions and reparations payments to victims of Nazism and to eliminate inequities in the present laws affecting persons living abroad.

Dr. Kraus also told the delegation headed by Rabbi Herschel Schachter. Conference chairman. that his government was dealing with the denazification problem in Austria. He said that Jewish history would be incorporated into the curriculum of all Austrian high schools when the Institute of Judaism at the University of Vienna completes preparation of texts. The Austrian Chancellor drew the delegation’s attention to the action of the Archbishop of Vienna in ordering the deletion of all unfriendly references to the Jewish people, dating back to the Crucifixion, from Catholic textbooks.

The Chancellor praised the “brave and heroic stand” of the people of Israel during the Six-Day War and declared that Israel could continue to count on Austrian support. Rabbi Schachter expressed appreciation to the Austrian leader for the support given Israel by Austria at the United Nations.

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