Seeking Fairness for Property Claimants/Rzeczpospolita Op-ed May 31, 2019

Debunking Myths about Calls for a Denationalization Law (Translation from Rzeczpospolita Op-ed: May 31, 2019) https://www.rp.pl/Publicystyka/190539927-Szesc-mitow-o-restytucji-mienia-zydowskiego.html By Gideon Taylor, Chair of Operations, World Jewish Restitution Organization Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s remarks on May 18 in opposition to property restitution in which he said that “it would be an abuse of all of the basic principles […]

POLISH PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT IS DEEPLY INSENSITIVE TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS — AND INCORRECT

WJRO Responds to Negative Rhetoric and Public Attacks by the Polish Government about Issue of Property Restitution   (New York, NY) May 20, 2019: At a campaign rally on Saturday, May 18, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that his country will never pay restitution for Jewish properties stolen during the Holocaust, and that paying […]

FORMER POLISH DIPLOMAT APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR OF POLISH JEWISH HERITAGE ORGANIZATION

(Warsaw, Poland) April 8, 2019:  The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ), a partnership of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, is pleased to announce the appointment of Piotr Puchta to the position of Director. Mr. Puchta will spearhead FODZ’s efforts to recover, […]

WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION ORGANIZATION (WJRO) LAUNCHES SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN– #MyPropertyStory – BEHIND EVERY PROPERTY THERE IS A STORY

Survivors and their families share stories about their lives before the Holocaust to show how their homes, land, business, or personal possessions are important and powerful links to their pasts   (New York, NY) April 8, 2019: In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah), the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) is launching a month-long […]

WJRO: Poland's Prime Minister Morawiecki is wrong. The issue of restitution has not been resolved

For Immediate Release   Statement of Gideon Taylor, Chair of Operations, World Jewish Restitution Organization February 17, 2019 We were surprised and disappointed to see Prime Minister Morawiecki’s response on Sunday to Secretary of State Pompeo’s call for Poland “to move forward with comprehensive private property restitution legislation for those who lost property during the […]

US Secretary of State Pompeo Calls for Holocaust-Era Property Issue with Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Calls for Poland to Endorse Legislation for Property Compensation  (New York, NY) February 13, 2019:  In a joint press conference in Warsaw, in his first official visit to Poland as US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo raised the issue of Holocaust-era property restitution with the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Jacek Czaputowicz. Secretary of […]

European Union Calls for Property Restitution in Bosnia

For First Time, European Parliament Considers Seized Property in Reviewing Bosnia’s Membership Application (Strasbourg, France) February 13, 2019: The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) welcomes the adoption of a European Parliament Resolution on the 2018 Commission Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which the EU Parliament calls upon Bosnia and Herzegovina to address property restitution. […]

בשורה לניצולים ולמשפחותיהם: האיחוד האירופי קורא להאיץ השבת אוצרות תרבות שנגזלו בשואה

החלטת הפרלמנט האירופי היום כוללת קריאה להקמת מאגר נתונים על יצירות אמנות בבעלות יהודית שנשדדו בידי הנאצים. במהלך מלחמת העולם השניה נגנבו מיליוני אוצרות תרבות ובכלל זה 650 אלף יצירות אמנות. 110 אלף מתוכן טרם אותרו. התקדמות משמעותית במאמץ להשבת רכוש שנגזל מיהודים בתקופת השואה: הפרלמנט האירופי קיבל היום (ה') החלטה הקוראת לאיחוד האירופי ולמדינות […]

European Parliament Passes Resolution to Identify and Recover Looted Art

      Resolution Calls for Comprehensive Database for Jewish-Owned Artworks Seized by the Nazis Millions of cultural goods were stolen during WWII including more than 650,000 pieces of art; Over 110,000 art pieces remain missing   (Strasbourg, France) January 17, 2019: The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) welcomes passage today by the European Parliament […]

בכיר רומני שפעל להשבת רכוש יהודי שנגזל בשואה הלך לעולמו

מיחנאה קונסטנטינסקו עמד בראש ועדה שקידמה את הטיפול בתביעות של ניצולים מרומניה והסירה חסמים בירוקרטים. הארגון היהודי העולמי להשבת רכוש (איל"ר): "העולם איבד מדינאי, שהגן על זכר השואה ושימש כמגדלור במאבק נגד האנטישמיות". מיחנאה קונסטנטינסקו, בכיר בממשל הרומני שפעל רבות למאבק באנטישמיות ולהשבת רכוש יהודי שנגזל בשואה, הלך לעולמו. בפברואר 2015, ראש ממשלת רומניה דאז ויקטור […]