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Jewish organisation ‘welcomes’ planned Polish restitution law

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Grzegorz Siwicki 12.10.2017 13:52
The World Jewish Restitution Organization has said it welcomes Poland’s announcement of new national legislation for confiscated property.
Poland's Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

Poland's Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

The organisation issued a statement after Polish Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki on Wednesday announced that planned new restitution laws would see cash compensation paid out to people whose real estate was confiscated by the communist regime.

"We welcome the recognition … by Poland that legislation is needed to address the issue of confiscated property, as well as the announcement that the government will be moving forward with such legislation,” Gideon Taylor, the World Jewish Restitution Organization’s Chair of Operations, said in the statement.

“However, it is essential that restitution or compensation be full and complete and that it be just and fair for all who lost property, including Polish survivors of the Holocaust and their families,” Taylor added.

He also said that the legislation “needs to bring a measure of justice to those former Polish citizens who suffered so much, should take into account the destruction of the Holocaust and must not discriminate based on current citizenship.”

The World Jewish Restitution Organization works toward the restitution of private property and Jewish communal property seized during the Holocaust. (gs)

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