Austria approves €20 million for Jewish cemeteries

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 18, 2010 01:14

VIENNA— Austria's parliament passed a bill Wednesday to provide €20 million ($27 million) in federal funds for restoring Jewish cemeteries over the next two decades.

The move ends years of discord over who should pay for the much-needed endeavor to preserve the remnants of a once vibrant community decimated by the Nazis.

The bill foresees annual government payments of €1 million ($1.4 million) into a special fund over the next 20 years. The country's Jewish community will supplement the government's contributions each year through €1 million in donations.

The measure, which takes effect in 2011, also asks local municipalities where such cemeteries are located to maintain them for at least 20 years after they have been restored.


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