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Riga, Latvia - Clinton Urges 'Quick, Fair' Jewish Property Return

Published on: June 28, 2012 08:33 AM
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U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton (L) and Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics pose for media with the signed documents in Riga June 28, 2012. Clinton is on one day visit to Latvia. REUTERS/Ints KalninsU.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton (L) and Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics pose for media with the signed documents in Riga June 28, 2012. Clinton is on one day visit to Latvia. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Riga, Latvia - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has urged Latvia to resolve the restitution of pre-World War II Jewish property “quickly and fairly.”

Clinton said Thursday that property restitution is a “piece of unfinished historical business,” though she acknowledged that Latvia’s center-right government is attempting to address the issue.

Nearly 80,000 Jews, or 90 percent of Latvia’s pre-war Jewish population, were killed while the country was under occupation by Nazi Germany in 1941-42.

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After Latvia regained independence in 1991, individuals, including Jews, were allowed to reclaim properties seized by the Soviet Union in 1940. Some Jewish organizations, however, were left out of the process.

Jewish organizations currently active in Latvia claim to have several hundred properties listed for possible restitution.


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