New York - New York Financial Leaders Call For Poland To Provide Restitution To Holocaust Victims
New York - New York Comptrollers Scott Stringer and Thomas DiNapoli, as well as California State Treasurer John Chiang have joined forces to urge Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacs to “adopt measures to restore real property and provide restitution to the victims of the Holocaust.”
In a letter to sent to Prime Minister Kopacs, the financial leaders noted that Poland, once home to three million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and seventy years after the Holocaust, is still the only European Union member-state and only major former Soviet-bloc country with no measures in place to grant any type of restitution or compensation to survivors. Polish leaders have dragged their feet despite repeated pledges to pass legislation to address this issue.
“Seventy years after World War II, we must use every tool available to make sure that victims of the Holocaust and their heirs receive restitution or compensation in their lifetimes,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said. “We value the close relationship between Poland and the United States and welcome the opportunity to begin a dialogue about the effort to pass a law to restore or compensate victims for property seized by the Nazis, or nationalized by Communist governments.” New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli added, “The tragedy of the Holocaust is still borne today by its survivors and the heirs of its victims. Compensation for their suffering and their losses is the right and just action to take. It is time for Poland to step forward. We hope and expect that the close bonds between our two nations will help Poland finally adopt a formal restitution policy.”
“Most of the 3 million Polish Jewish victims and the many other Polish victims of the Holocaust have passed away without recompense for property the Nazis took from them,” said California Treasurer John Chiang. “The families and the last still-living victims of the Nazis’ deserve compensation. To all those who suffered, we owe our fullest effort to work with Poland to make restitution for what they lost.”
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