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December 15, 1995 - Image 75

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-12-15

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crimes tribunal from partici-
pating in the electoral process
or in the emerging govern-
As details of the peacekeep-
ing mission continue to emerge,
the Clinton administration has
launched an all-out campaign to
win public approval for its com-
mitment to send 20,000 U.S.
troops to Bosnia.
Another 40,000 troops will be
provided by some 25 mostly-
NATO countries.
Most Jewish organizations
lined up almost immediately be-
hind Clinton to support his ef-
fort to send troops.
Congress is expected to vote
on a resolution expressing sup-
port for the deployment.

Austria Pledges
Funds To Victims

New York (JTA) — The Austri-
an government has vowed to
pay the first 100 beneficiaries of
I a national fund for Jewish vic-
tims of the Nazis by Christmas.
The vow was reported by
Elan Steinberg, executive di-
rector of the World Jewish Con-
The claimants will receive a
one-time payment of $7,000
each from the National Fund of
the Republic of Austria for the
Victims of National Socialism.
Austria officially established
the $50 million fund June 1 in
connection with the 50th an-
niversary of the re-establish-
ment of the republic.
Mr. Steinberg said in an in-
terview that he was pleased
with the Austrian commitment,
but that "everyone should be
paid out tomorrow," not just the
first 100 applicants.
About 25,000 to 30,000 former
Jews of Austria are alive from
the World War II period, ac-
cording to the WJC.
He added that the fund was
"too little, too late" because the
applicants are elderly, some of
them as old as 101.
Although the fund was ini-
tially "intended as a hardship
fund," the Committee for Jew-
ish Claims on Austria "succeed-
ed in persuading the Austrian
government to provide a pay-
ment to every surviving Austri-
an Jew," according to Israel
Miller, president of the commit-
Eligible applicants can con-
tact their local Austrian Con-
sulate or contact the Austria
Consulate in New York, Attn:
Irith Jawetz, 31 E. 69th St., New
York, N.Y. 10021. The phone
number for the N.Y. consulate
> is (212) 737-6400.
Applications also can be sent
to: Dr. Heinz Fischer, President
of the Austrian Nationalrat,
Parliament, A-1017, Vienna,

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