Study claims several countries have yet to return Jewish property stolen by Nazis

Study claims countries have yet to return Jewish property stolen by Nazis

The report claims countries like Poland have only partially complied with a 2009 order

Monday, April 24, 2017

A study has claimed several countries have failed to return a large amount of property confiscated by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Immovable Property Restitution Study conducted research which claims several previously communist eastern European countries have not completely complied with a 2009 declaration on confiscated Jewish goods.

The Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets requires countries like Poland and the Baltic states to return goods or provide compensation to Jewish Holocaust victims which were seized under the tenure of Nazi Germany. 

The definition of these goods ranges from private property to places of worship like synagogues, and the report claims they have not been completely handed back more than 70 years after the end of the Second World War.

The declaration also required them to allocate funds to survivors of the concentration camps, roughly 500,000 of which are still alive in 2017. 

The World Jewish Restitution Organisation released a statement in response to the study's findings which it said "shines a light" on the countries' failure to "address the past."

 Over six million European Jews were killed in a systematic genocide perpetrated by Adolf Hitler and his allies.