VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Austria's parliament unanimously approved a $415 million fund Friday to compensate aging victims who were forced into hard labor by the Nazis during World War II.
Members of parliament from all four political parties expressed their support for the fund. They said it is a gesture but one that can never truly make up for the suffering of the estimated 150,000 people thought to be alive today who worked as slave and forced laborers in Austria.
The restitution law is also ''an act of liberation'' for Austrians, who shared responsibility with Germany for the events of the past, said Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel.
On Thursday, the German parliament passed a similar bill, setting up a $5 billion fund to compensate slave and forced laborers.
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