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Israeli-polish Trade Talks to Include Discussion of Transfer of Jewish Property

December 24, 1948
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The question of transferring to Israel property in Poland which belonged to Jews murdered by the Nazis during the war will be one of the major points discussed at the forthcoming trade talks between Poland and Israel, it was learned here today. The Jews will attempt to achieve a settlement along the same lines as was arranged for the transfer of Jewish property from Germany shortly after the Nazis cams to power and began the persecution of Jews.

The proposal which will be made by the Jews will provide for the sale in Poland of whatever property is involved and crediting the Israeli trade account in Poland in Polish currency. The account in Poland will be used to buy goods for shipment to Israel where the proceeds from their sale will be used to repay in Israeli currency the owners or claimants of the original property. Since a great deal of property is involved, it is considered likely that such a transfer program may take years to complete.

Some 8,000 pieces of property are being claimed by the Jewish National Fund in behalf of heirs and other claimants who have made an arrangement with the agency, inasmuch as they cannot finance the necessary legal action in their own behalf.

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