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Austrian Nazis Seek Lifting of Civil Disabilities

September 21, 1951
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Increased Nazi activity, coupled with growing anti-Semitic agitation, is being noted here and is finding fertile ground as economic difficulties here mount. A powerful movement is now under way here to secure the abolition of discriminations against “incriminated Nazis,” the restoration of their full civic rights and “compensation” for losses the Nazis have suffered as a result of removal from jobs since 1945.

The Youth Front, which describes itself as a “regenerative movement” and which recently seceded from the Peoples Party, is leading the fight for removal of discriminations against former Nazis and compensation for the penalties they have suffered since the liberation of Austria. The group is now demanding a nationwide referendum on abolition of the laws against “incriminated Nazis.” Its paper this week said that “it appears to be the right occasion now to re-establish the rights and duties of the so-called incriminated Nazis’ as they have been punished for more than six years for political opinions which definitely belong to the past.”

While survivors of Nazi concentration camps are still awaiting compensation for their forced labor, the courts here have ruled that Nazis put to forced labor after the liberation of the country are to receive compensation at the rate of 84 groschen per hour.

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