Immovable Property Review Conference

As part of continued efforts to correct injustices committed during the Holocaust, the Immovable Property Review Conference (IPRC) took place on November 26–28, 2012, at Prague’s Czernin Palace. The European Shoah Legacy Institute, in close cooperation with the Forum 2000 Foundation, organized the event under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. ESLI’s partners in the conference were Prague City Hall and Czech Radio.

The conference included an appearance by Israel’s Deputy Finance Minister Yitzak Cohen. While varying historical conditions and different national laws meant that solutions varied from country to country, individual nations presented reports on their progress in addressing restitution issues since the endorsement of the Terezín Declaration two years prior. A “Green Book,” which included detailed reports on national policies and practices, was distributed at the meeting.

“There are different ways to achieve justice… and not just one model,” said Herbert Block of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. IPRC Co-chairman Jiří Schneider expounded on this idea, noting: “It is about doing what is possible and we have collected examples of what is possible.”

The Concluding Statement by the Co-chairmen outlining key outcomes of the IPRC is available here.