U.S. lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution that urges lagging
European nations to press forward with Holocaust restitution.

The non-binding resolution passed by U.S. House of Representatives on
Tuesday “urges the countries in Central and Eastern Europe which have
not already done so to return looted and confiscated properties to their
rightful owners or, where restitution is not possible, pay equitable
compensation, in accordance with principles of justice and in an
expeditious manner that is just, transparent and fair.”

It also singles out Poland, calling on it “to immediately enact fair,
comprehensive, and just legislation” to enable those whose property was
seized by the Nazis or the Communist Polish government after the war to
receive restitution of their property or monetary compensation.
A similar resolution is under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

The Claims Conference, the umbrella body coordinating restitution
claims, lobbied for the resolutions, initiated in the House by U.S. Rep.
Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) and in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Bill Nelson
(D-Fla.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.)

“Eastern European property restitution is one of the major unresolved
issues and a current priority for us,” said Claims Conference
spokeswoman Hillary Kessler-Godin. “We welcome this strong support from
the Senate and House and hope that it prompts these governments to help
restore assets to rightful owners and heirs.”

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