Israel's Polish Jews oppose Polish bill to return confiscated property

[JURIST] Polish Jews in Israel are strenuously objecting to a proposal now in the Polish parliament to return private property to Jews because it may also offer some validity to the Nazi Nuremberg laws [Wikipedia backgrounder] put in place leading up to and during World War II. The bill seeks to provide compensation to Polish Jews who had their property confiscated by the the Communist regime that ruled Poland starting in the years following WWII by offering them a percentage of the property's value. The Israeli association of former Poles is opposed not only to the lack of restitution provided to those who earlier lost property to the invading Nazis who overran Poland in 1939, but also to legislative wording which describes the property taken as "abandoned property and former German property." According to the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the bill has majority support in the Polish parliament and is likely to pass. Haaretz has more.



 

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