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Holocaust survivors seek compensation
Reuters | Thursday, 1 March 2007

COMPENSATION: Chairman of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation Israel Singer answers questions during a news announcing Polish and Jewish Organisations are pressing the government for compensation for lost property during and after World War II.

WARSAW: Holocaust survivors from around the world pressed Poland’s government on Wednesday to compensate them for property confiscated by the former communist regime.

Poland, the biggest post-communist European Union member, is the only country from eastern Europe, besides Belarus, which has not enacted a programme for the restitution of property seized after World War 2.

Attempts to solve the issue after the collapse of communism in 1989 have failed, mostly due to concern over the likely cost.

“When you’ve taken something away from someone, you should give it back, period,” Israel Singer, President of the Claims Conference, said following meetings with Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Speaker of Parliament Marek Jurek.

“You don’t ask the person’s religion, you don’t ask the person’s race, you don’t ask the person’s creed, you just give it back. That’s what we’re here to ask the government to do.”