Austrian parliament backs Nazi victim fund VIENNA, June 1 (Reuter) - Austria's parliament on Thursday voted in favour of setting up a compensation fund for an estimated 30,000 victims of dictator Adolf Hiter's Nazi rule, all of them living abroad. Deputies from most of Austria's political parties, including the far right, backed a government bill to establish the 500 million schilling ($50 million) fund but the leftist Greens voted against, arguing that the cash offered was not enough. The Austrian coalition government of Social Democrats and conservatives plans to compensate the thousands of people who were thrown into concentration camps because they were Jews, communists or homosexuals and those who fled into exile to avoid persecution. The fund was aimed at Austrians hounded from the 1938 annexation of Austria by the Third Reich to the end of World War Two. Claimants would have to prove they were Austrian citizens during that period and most will now have a different nationality. Austrians who returned after 1945 have received some compensation. The Green Party said the delay in setting up the fund was a national disgrace and demanded that 1.5 billion schillings ($150 million) be made available over five years. Austria had avoided the question of compensation for most of the postwar period and claimed that the country was the first victim of Hitler's aggression. But political leaders have publicly acknowledged in the past two years that Austrians were also ``willing servants of Nazism.''
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