Decision no. 872a/2013
Renee-Anna G., Recommendation
Type of property
Real estate in
Decision in anonymous form
Press Release Decision No. 872a/2013
On 17 December 2012, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution recommended the restitution of areas of properties in Schwechat. The subject of the decision is a property, one half of which had been owned by the Jewish lawyer Dr. Arthur D. in March 1938. Following the Anschluss he sold his share to Karl K. Arthur D. was murdered in the Holocaust and after 1945 his son did not file any restitution claims. As a result, the collection agencies, established with the State Treaty of 1955, carried out investigations concerning the property.
However, in 1960 it waived restitution of the property. Karl K.’s heiress sold the property to the Municipality of Schwechat in 1990. In the subsequent years, a large number of property parcels were partitioned off. A new register number was opened for them and this register number was privately-owned on the cut off day. Other areas were transferred into the communal property of the Municipality of Schwechat. What remained of the historical property also continued to be owned by the Municipality of Schwechat on the cut off day and is designated as parkland.
The Arbitration Panel considered the sale of the one half share of the property to constitute a seizure and the waiver of the collection agencies to constitute an extreme injustice as defined by the GSF Law. For this reason, it recommended the in rem restitution of one half of the property, insofar as it had been owned by the Municipality of Schwechat on the cut off day 17 January 2001.
This recommendation therefore covers, firstly, one half of the existing historical property, less the areas which were assigned to it only after the seizure. This constitutes an area of 2,138 m².
Secondly, the recommendation was merited for in rem restitution of a one half share of the areas which originated from the historical property but which had since been partitioned off into the communal property of the Municipality of Schwechat or into the railway register. These constitute areas of around 1,580 m². In rem restitution of these areas is not possible, because they involve a road and a railway line. Therefore, the Arbitration Panel recommended the Municipality of Schwechat to award the applicants the current market value of the property as determined by the expert Dr. Rudolf O., M.Sc.
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