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Austrian Leader's Appeal For Stricken People

N.Z. Press Association —Copyright

Rec. 1 p.m

PARIS, July 16

' Typhus has broken out in Vienna, said M. Jean Lambert, personal representative of Dr. Renner, head of the Austrian Provisional Government.

M. Lambert is visiting Paris en route to London and Washington, which have not yet recognised the Renner Government. He drew a dark picture of the situation in Vienna. There were only 12 municipal lorries for the distribution of food throughout the city, and the same lack of transport resulted in an accumulation of rubbish for weeks in the urban area.

Viennese children played in rubbish heaps which were infested with flies, he said. Official employees had not received salaries since the liberation of Vienna, as the Russian Reparation Commission claimed all the bank assets.

"The Russians have regarded all Austrian property as spoils of war, and accordingly have requisitioned and taken off almost all livestock, machines and vehicles," M. Lambert continued. "We do not complain about this, which is the fortune of war, but if we are to keep Austria alive and complete the republic founded in 1918 we need help from the Allies. The Russians in one factory removed ail except 40 of 5000 machines of all kinds, including telephones."

Political Freedom

M. Lambert unqualifiedly, praised the Russian attitude in political affairs, because the Russians > had brought Austria political freedom. The Renner Government was not established at the behest ot the Russians, but came into being almost spontaneously to prevent complete anarchy. The laws which the Government adopted were always submitted to the Russians, but so far the Russians had not interfered.

M. Lambert complained of leniency towards the Austrian Nazis in the British and American zones, ana said: "Our police arrest them and hand them to the British and Americans, who frequently release them This cannot happen in the Russian zone, because the Russians accept our decisions." Over 3600 leading Nazis were at present in prison awaiting trial, he added. Small fry had to register and were given work in labour gangs, cleaning Vienna city. Austrian workers were predominently Socialist, rather than Communist. Elections for .factory committees had resulted in the Communists not obtaining 10 per cent of the votes.

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TYPHUS EPIDEMIC RAGES IN VIENNA, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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TYPHUS EPIDEMIC RAGES IN VIENNA Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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