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Plans to Improve Legislation on Indemnification to Nazi Victims

March 11, 1955
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The changes which the Austrian Government intends to introduce in the legislation for compensation to victims of the Nazi regime will cost the treasury approximately $20,000,000, it was estimated here today by well-informed sources.

These changes, it was explained, were proposed by experts to avoid further fruitless discussions with Jewish leaders on the question of compensation for heirless property. It was pointed out that the Austrian Government also contemplates the establishment of a fund to aid needy persons abroad who left Austria as political persecutes under the Nazi regime. This fund will amount to about a million dollars in Austrian currency.

The Neue Tageszeitung, which usually reflects the views of Chancellor Julius Raab, came out today with an article stating that both coalition parties–the Catholic People’s Party and the Social Democratic Party–have agreed to introduce changes in indemnification legislation which will result in greater benefits for Nazi victims. The Kleines Volksblatt, organ of the People’s Party, came out with an article declaring that Austria has never identified her self with the German Reich, which alone is to be blamed for political and racial persecutions which took place in Austria under the Nazi regime.

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