JTA

The dismissal of a lawsuit against Austrian businesses is expected to expedite payments to Austrian victims of the Holocaust. A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a case brought by Austrian Jewish victims. The Austrian government had sought “legal peaceâ€? before paying $210 million in compensation negotiated in early 2001 with the Claims Conference. “With this agreement now nearly five years old, with a single payment yet to be made from this fund to aging Austrian Jewish victims of Nazism, we believe that this is a significant step toward compensation payments finally being made,â€? said Gideon Taylor, the Claims Conference’s executive vice president. “These negotiations were about symbolic recognition of historical injustice as much as about the money.â€?