About Us

The European Shoah Legacy Institute was created in 2010 to monitor progress on and advocate for the provisions of the Terezin Declaration. Cooperating with governments, non-governmental organizations, and independent experts; we seek international solutions to the problem of the restitution of immovable property, art, Judaica, and Jewish cultural assets stolen by the Nazis; the provision of adequate social welfare support for Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazism; and the promotion of Holocaust education, research, and remembrance.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which governments fulfill their promises to Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution so that justice is served and injustice is remembered. Towards this aim, we endeavor to foster conversations, and serve as a catalyst for parties already active in the field, helping to identify and develop best practices, guidelines, and plans going forward in the spirit of the Terezin Declaration.

Our Mission

ESLI is an independent, secular and, politically unaffiliated think tank and international advocacy.

The Terezin Declaration is at the heart of ESLI’s aims in acknowledging and advancing post-Holocaust issues. With our emphasis on highlighting restorative justice and collecting Shoah legacy, we focus on these core areas to prevent the reoccurrence of historical injustices:

  • Welfare of Holocaust Survivors
  • Restitution and Compensation of Immovable Property
  • Recovery of Looted Art
  • Recovery and Study of Judaica Objects
  • Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research

ESLI operates on a global scale with partners and collaborators committed to justice.