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The U.S. Helsinki Commission complained to Poland that it had yet to enact a comprehensive compensation law for victims of Nazism and Communism.
“Poland is the only country in Central Europe that has failed to adopt a general private property compensation or restitution law,â€? the commission’s chairman, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), said in a letter this week to Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz. “When you are talking about victims of property confiscation, particularly from the Nazi occupation, you are talking about elderly people for whom every delay truly means justice denied.â€?

Brownback noted that the commission, a body monitoring the Helsinki accords and comprising bipartisan representatives from both houses of Congress and from the administration, has been raising the issue with Poland since 2002,