The Ministry of justice of Poland intends to revise the draft law on restitution of property of Jews and poles confiscated during and after the Holocaust. Earlier, the standing Committee of the Council of Ministers returned the draft to the Ministry of justice for reconsideration.
About it writes on Wednesday, February 14, the website of the newspaper the Jerusalem Post.
Recall that in October last year, the Ministry of justice published a draft law, which was supposed to take by the end of 2017. This law has caused sharp criticism from the governments of Israel and the world Jewish restitution organization (WJRO), who argued that it deprives of the right to return of ownership of the vast majority of Holocaust survivors and their families.
Note that in its current form, the law requires that the applicants for restitution had today and also in the period of forfeiture, the nationality of Poland, and lived in the country.
However, even those few applicants that meet their requirements, will receive, according to the law, only 20% of the value of confiscated property in cash and 25% in government bonds. In addition, they must complete all the required by law in legal proceedings in the course of the year – otherwise their property will be transferred to the Ministry of Finance of Poland.
Poland is the only country in Europe that has still not adopted the law on restitution of property seized by the Nazis, or about the property nationalized by the Communist regime, said the WJRO.
Today WJRO expresses concern that adoption of the law is postponed indefinitely, and hope that it will be given in the proper form.
We also recall that more than 3 million Polish Jews, about 90% of the prewar Jewish community was destroyed during the Holocaust.