Press Release: International Coordination Forum on Holocaust Restitution 2016

On 8-9 June 2016, The International Coordination Forum for the Restitution of Holocaust (Shoah) Era Assets was held in Jerusalem.  The Forum was organized by the Director General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The attendees included the Israel Ministry for Social Equality, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Special Envoys and Special Representatives for Holocaust Related Issues, Ambassadors, Israeli Ministry of Finance, the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI), and other representatives of civil society.

The Forum was a commitment to combine efforts on an international and national scale for the following aims:  

  1. To promote the legacy of the Holocaust (Shoah), and to promote the restitution and compensation of immovable property, art, Judaica and other cultural assets looted during the Holocaust era and its aftermath within the European Union institutions;
  2. To convene an international conference on restorative justice and Holocaust era asset restitution in Brussels, organized by ESLI in cooperation with other stakeholders and partners;
  3. To intensify the sharing of best practices and the exchange of information with the engagement of ESLI, individual states and related organizations, on the basis of the Guidelines and Best Practices on Property Restitution and Compensation seized during the Holocaust Era;
  4. To encourage all 47 states that endorsed the Terezin Declaration to appoint Special Envoys for Holocaust Related Issues, including restorative justice and restitution;
  5. To further encourage, assist and facilitate individual states to resolve, according to the Terezin Declaration principles, the restitution and compensation of looted property and to address the growing social welfare needs of Holocaust survivors.

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