Sunday, October 14, 2007

America’s Role in Addressing Outstanding Holocaust Issues

The US House [of Representatives] Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, held a hearing on Wednesday, October 03, 2007 entitled "America’s Role in Addressing Outstanding Holocaust Issues"

Follow the links below to review the Hearing Notice, addresses by The Honorable Robert Wexler , The Honorable J. Christian Kennedy, Mr. Gideon Taylor, Mr. Jack Rubin, Mr. Sidney Zabludoff, and Mr. Alex Moskovic.

Of particular interest is the testimony of Mr. Jehuda Evron, the president of the Holocaust Restitution Committee, the leading international body advocating for restitution of Holocaust-era seized properties in Poland. To this day, Poland is the only country in Eastern Europe that has no private property restitution legislation.

The Holocaust Restitution Committee represents 3,000 Holocaust survivors from all over the world who lost their entire families and whose assets were stolen by the Nazis. After the war, those assets were not returned but were nationalized by the Communist regime. Before World War II, 3.3 million Jews lived in Poland, which was 10 percent of the country’s population.

Jehuda Evron testified before the Helsinki Commission and the European Union Parliament in Brussels on this issue and his organization has filed a class action lawsuit against Poland in the U.S. Courts and there is a pending lawsuit filed by one of its members at the EU Court in Strasbourg.

Hat-tip to Jakob L. and Allgenerations, Inc., a non profit resource for Holocaust Survivors,their descendants, Holocaust related museums and organizations, historians, educators, authors, filmmakers and other concerned and interested individuals, for alerting us to this hearing.

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