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Holocaust historians criticise Austria’s jailing of Jewish author

Stephan Templ highlighted cases of Jewish property stolen by the Nazis but has now been punished for omitting an aunt’s name in a restitution claim

stephan-templ-Holocaust historians criticise Austria’s jailing of Jewish author

 

A historian and vocal critic of the Austrian government’s irresolute attitude towards returning properties stolen from their Jewish owners by the Nazis will be jailed on Monday after being convicted of defrauding the state, in what leading Holocaust historians have condemned as a “deeply troubling overreaction”.

Stephan Templ, the author of Unser Wien (Our Vienna), a book that catalogued hundreds of prominent Jewish-owned properties seized by the Nazis that were never returned, received a one-year sentence as punishment for having omitted the name of an estranged aunt in an application on behalf of his mother for the return of property seized from his Jewish relatives in 1938.

 

Read the full story at The Guardian, by Kate Connolly in Berlin

    

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