AP: HOLOCAUST ASSETS CONFERENCE OPENS TODAY IN PRAGUE

By KAREL JANICEK

BLOOMBERG.COM: Nazi Loot Recovery Is Slow, Arbitrary, Claimants

By Catherine Hickley

June 25 (Bloomberg) — Governments have failed to live up to commitments to track down and return looted art to Nazi victims and their heirs, claimants

BLOOMBERG.COM: Nazi Loot Recovery Is Slow, Arbitrary, Claimants

By Catherine Hickley

June 25 (Bloomberg) — Governments have failed to live up to commitments to track down and return looted art to Nazi victims and their heirs, claimants

BLOOMBERG.COM: Nazi Loot Recovery Is Slow, Arbitrary, Claimants

By Catherine Hickley

June 25 (Bloomberg) — Governments have failed to live up to commitments to track down and return looted art to Nazi victims and their heirs, claimants

BLOOMBERG.COM: Nazi Loot Recovery Is Slow, Arbitrary, Claimants

By Catherine Hickley

June 25 (Bloomberg) — Governments have failed to live up to commitments to track down and return looted art to Nazi victims and their heirs, claimants

BLOOMBERG.COM: Nazi Loot Recovery Is Slow, Arbitrary, Claimants

By Catherine Hickley

June 25 (Bloomberg) — Governments have failed to live up to commitments to track down and return looted art to Nazi victims and their heirs, claimants

BLOOMBERG.COM: Nazi Loot Recovery Is Slow, Arbitrary, Claimants’ Groups Say

By Catherine Hickley

June 25 (Bloomberg) — Governments have failed to live up to commitments to track down and return looted art to Nazi victims and their heirs, claimants’ representatives said before an international meeting on Holocaust-era assets.

The June 26-30 conference in Prague, attended by delegates from some 50 countries, will review how far nations put into action a non-binding 1998 agreement, known as the Washington principles. Delegates also aim to agree a new declaration on stolen art. Groups representing Jewish victims of theft and their heirs say there are still thousands of looted objects languishing in museums.

“Much too little has been achieved,” Georg Heuberger, the Jewish Claims Conference’s representative in Germany, said by telephone from Frankfurt. “Each country has done its own thing, and only one-third of the countries has made any effort. We find that very unsatisfactory.”

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HAARETZ: Survivors agree on delegates for Prague restitution summit

By Cnaan Liphshiz
In a rare show of unity, Israeli and American Holocaust restitution campaigners yesterday lifted their opposition to delegates being sent to a conference on Holocaust assets. The meeting may mark their last chance to secure compensation for looted Eastern European property.

The Prague Conference on Holocaust Assets – a follow-up meeting to a 1998 conference in Washington due to meet tomorrow – will bring together representatives from 49 countries and dozens of organizations. Advertisement

“We need to convince Eastern European countries to give back looted property,” former under secretary of state Stuart Eizenstat, head of the American delegation to Prague, told Haaretz. “So far their response has not been positive.”

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