Monday, January 11, 2016

Austria: Vienna municipality forced Jews to pay Nazi debts

The Israeli embassy in Vienna is housed in a building called the "Villa Moller".

Before World War II, the building belonged to Hans Müller, a Jewish industrialist.  After the Nazi annexation of Austria (Anschluss), the villa was confiscated by the Nazis. 

Well, you can't expect much from the Nazis.

The Nazis didn't bother to pay the municipal property taxes on it, and as it turns out, when the villa was returned to Müller after the war, the Vienna municipality demanded he pay the Nazi debt.

Müller refused to do so.  He turned the villa over to the Israeli government and they paid the debt of 45,000 Schilling.

Which begs the question: How many other Austrian Jews were forced to pay taxes for buildings that were either confiscated during the war, or that their owners couldn't pay since they were otherwise occupied with being persecuted.

Read more here on Ynet

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