Nobel laureate and Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel last Friday expressed anger at the opening of an international conference in Prague at the failure to ensure restitution of assets seized from Holocaust victims.
“Why did it take so long? … The easiest response would have been to give back after the war, the buildings, the money, the artworks that were confiscated,” he said.
“The fact it was not done is scandalous,” he added at the conference held more than ten years after 44 countries pledged in Washington to go ahead with assets restitution.
The principles adopted in Washington about restitution and compensation of Jewish assets seized between 1939 and 1945 are not legally binding and some countries, above all in eastern Europe, have not implemented them.
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