Austria’s claim of a right of ownership to a property ripped from the hands of its Jewish owners by the Third Reich is an obscene violation of the duty of restitution. The very basis of the belatedly introduced restitution process is that the one party who has no right to this property (and all others looted following the Anschluss) is the state of Austria. Its claim to the property is nothing less than an extension of the criminally false narrative that Austria was the first victim of Adolf Hitler.
Excerpts of the book Stephan Templ co-wrote with Tina Walzer are reproduced with permission here.
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