Congress to urge Poland, Lithuania on claims


Bipartisan resolutions in both houses of Congress would urge Eastern European nations to make progress on Holocaust restitution.

“These historic resolutions are the first time that the U.S. Congress has cited the lack of Holocaust-era restitution progress in Poland and Lithuania, both of which are singled out in each resolution,” said the Claims Conference, the clearinghouse for Holocaust-era claims, in a statement issued June 27. “None of the Polish governments since the fall of Communism have passed private property restitution legislation, making it the only country in the European Union without such laws.”

The Claims Conference and the World Jewish Restitution Organization back the nonbinding resolutions initiated in the Senate by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) and Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.).

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