He singled out Austria for special criticism. "This decision was outrageous, because that gold belonged entirely to the victims of the Holocaust," Mr Hier told the opening session of the conference. Reuters - GenevaReuse content
A Jewish human-rights group demanded a full accounting of why the Allies returned tonnes of gold to Austria after the Second World War, even though more than 1 million Austrians fought for Hitler. Opening a conference on restitution of Jewish property looted by the Nazis, Marvin Hier, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, sought to broaden the spotlight on the wartime era to lands other than just Switzerland.