For the first time: Poland returns homes to Holocaust survivors

The city of Warsaw published a list of approximately 2,600 homes in the city that were taken by Nazis during the Holocaust and is calling survivors and their descendants to take them back.
Residence in Warsaw Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The city of Warsaw, Poland’s capital, published a list of 2,613 homes that were stolen by the Nazis without the names of the owners. Two months ago, a new law was legislated in Poland according to which Holocaust survivors and their descendants could re-activate their lawsuits for a limited period of 6 months.

The problem with the law is that although one can sue, there are several difficult restrictions: 6 months in order to file the lawsuit, 3 months to prove property claims and after 9 months, the property will return to the ownership of the city or the country’s treasury.

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When visiting Israel, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło refused to discuss the government’s commitment to return the assets and properties. The data was published by the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJR), which created a database intended to help survivors.

Jews during the Holocaust Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The database will help determine whether there is an ongoing lawsuit regarding the property. This is important because the new law does not allow new lawsuits and is irrelevant to those who did not file right after World War 2 or people with property outside of Warsaw.


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