Documents, Reports & Position Papers


The Role of the United States in Pursuing Compensation for Holocaust Victims and Heirs, and the Historical Bases for U.S. Leadership, an analysis and commemoration of the many decades of crucial U.S. leadership that has helped Holocaust victims receive some degree of moral recognition of their incalculable losses, as well as tens of billions of dollars in compensation and restitution.  March 2024

Restitution of Holocaust property. 10 years after the Terezin Declaration, December 2019

Immovable Property Restitution Study, ESLI, December 2016

WJRO Report Concerning Current Approaches of United States Museums to Holocaust-Era Art Claims, June 2015

WJRO Background on Restitution in the Former Yugoslavia, February 2014

WJRO Position Paper on Restitution in Serbia, February 2014

WJRO Position Paper on Romanian Law No 165-2013, September 2013

WJRO and Claims Conference Status Report on Restitution and Compensation Efforts for the Immovable Property Review Conference, November 2012

ESLI Green Paper Reviewing Progress on Restitution of Immovable Property in 28 Countries, November 2012

Status Report on Restitution for Holocaust-Era Private Property in Poland, November 2012

WJRO and Claims Conference Report: Holocaust-Era Looted Art: A World-Wide Preliminary Overview, June 2009

WJRO and Claims Conference Report: Holocaust-Era Judaica and Jewish Cultural Property: A World-Wide Overview, June 2009

WJRO and Claims Conference Report: Holocaust-Era Confiscated Communal and Private Immovable Property: Central and East Europe, June 2009



US House letter to Witek of Poland,August 9, 2021

Letter from US Speaker Pelosi to Marshal of Sejm Witek,August 6, 2021

European Parliament Letter to President Duda,July 20, 2021

US Senate Letter to President Duda,July 19, 2021

Letter from US Secy of State Blinken Pledging to Work with WJRO & Claims Conference to Help Countries Meet Holocaust Property Restitution Commitments, March 12, 2021

Letter from 88 US Senators urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “act boldly and with urgency” to encourage Poland to resolve the issue of private property restitution to Holocaust victims,  August 5, 2019

Letter from 59 US Senators to the Polish Prime Minister urging him to quickly pass restitution legislation that does not discriminate against Jewish Holocaust victims or their families, March 26, 2018

Letter from 25 Members of the United States Congress to Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, February 2, 2016

Letter from U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues to Nowy Dziennik-Polish Daily News, December 22, 2015

Letter from Co-Chairs of the European Alliance for Holocaust Survivors (EAHS) to Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, December 8, 2015

Letter from 36 European Parliamentarians from 18 Countries to European Parliament President Schulz, October 14, 2015

Letter from WJRO to Polish President Andrzej Duda Urging Completion of Constitutional Tribunal Review of Constitutionality of Legislation, August 14, 2015

Letter from New York Comptrollers and California Treasurer to Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, July 30, 2015

Letter from WJRO to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski Opposing Legislation Restricting Property Recovery Under the Warsaw Decree, July 29, 2015

Letter from 46 Members of the United States Congress to Secretary of State John F. Kerry, June 29, 2015

Letter from Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson Affirming Canada’s Commitment to Holocaust-Era Property Restitution in Europe, March 12, 2015

Letter from Canadian Liberal Party Foreign Affairs Critic Marc Garneau Affirming Support for Holocaust-Era Property Restitution in Europe, January 23, 2015

Letter from Canadian NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar Affirming Support for Holocaust-Era Property Restitution in Europe, January 20, 2015

Letter from British Foreign Secretary William Hague to British Parliamentarians, March 26, 2014

Letter from 50 British Parliamentarians to Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland, February 24, 2014



Statement of the Special Envoys for Holocaust Issues and Anti-Semitism on Holocaust Restitution in the Republic of Serbia, May 11, 2015

Questions for the Record Submitted to Secretary-Designate John Kerry by Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (#1) Committee on Foreign Relations, April 8, 2014

Excerpts of Statement of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on Behalf of the British Government at the House of Lords Debate on The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, February 27, 2014


International Declarations

Guidelines and Best Practices for the Restitution and Compensation of Immovable (Real) Property Confiscated or Otherwise Wrongfully Seized by the Nazis, Fascists and Their Collaborators during the Holocaust (Shoah) Era between 1933-1945, Including the Period of World War II, June 9, 2010

Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues, June 30, 2009



70 Years of Holocaust Compensation and Restitution International Conference, November 14-16, 2022