US apologizes for soldier thefts from Nazi 'gold train'

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] has issued an apology for thefts by US soldiers of valuables belonging to Hungarian Jews found on a Nazi train captured at the close of World War II. The DOJ apologized for the "improper conduct" of some soldiers, who reportedly stole a variety of items from the "Gold Train," which carried jewelry, artwork, Oriental rugs, china and other property seized from Holocaust victims. The DOJ issued the statement as part of a settlement [JURIST report] the US government reached with Hungarian Holocaust survivors, which also calls for $25.5 million to be distributed to Jewish social services around the world. A US investigation concluded [Presidential Committee on Holocaust Assets report] that some soldiers failed to return certain requisitioned items and other property was stolen from a warehouse where it was stored. AP has more.



 

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