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U.S. congressional representatives pressed Bulgaria on a World War II-era compensation issue.
The letter urged Bulgaria’s president and prime minister to see that the country’s Jews receive their “rightful shareâ€? of the value of a hotel built in Sofia on the site of a prewar Jewish school. Bulgaria’s Jewish community is appealing a Bulgarian court decision from July that rejected Jewish claims to nearly half the property now occupied by the Rila Hotel.

The property was confiscated in 1943, and an administrative court ruled in 1992 that the Jewish community was entitled to just under 50 percent of it.

The letter, sent last week, was signed by two co-chairmen of the Congressional Bulgaria Caucus, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-S.C.), as well as by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the ranking Democratic member of the House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee.