The “Unfinished Justice: Restitution and Remembrance” conference was hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels under the patronage of Mr. Antonio Tajani MEP - President of the European Parliament - and was organised by the European Alliance for Holocaust Survivors (EAHS), a coalition of Members of the European Parliament committed to issues impacting Holocaust Survivors, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI), the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), together with the European Jewish Congress (EJC), B'nai B'rith International, the Permanent Missions of Israel, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom to the European Union, and their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

The conference aimed to discuss the restitution of Holocaust-era assets in the forty-seven countries that endorsed the Terezin Declaration in 2009, with a particular focus on the current state of post-Holocaust restitution, best practices for countries to address issues, and methods for the European Union to encourage ongoing progress.

The Conference was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, special envoys for Holocaust issues, representatives from the European Union and European Commission, diplomats, and representatives of non-governmental organisations from more than 30 countries.

The Conference concluded with the official launch of the Immovable Property Restitution Study commissioned in 2014 - a unique and user-friendly source of information on how states have dealt with restitutions from 1945 until today – and a Declaration endorsed by over 70 members of the European Parliament that will be utilised as a tool for further discussion and progress on these important issues.  

Please see media coverage below:

United States:

The New York Times: Holocaust Survivors in Poland Find Restitution Claims ‘Like a Carousel’

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/world/europe/holocaust-survivors-poland-restitution.html?post_id=1042785908_10211594209384474#_=_

ABC News: Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thousands-auschwitz-yearly-holocaust-memorial-event-46979747

Cleveland Jewish News: Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/world_news/thousands-at-auschwitz-for-yearly-holocaust-memorial-event/article_c48a3a56-76e4-5a0e-81ba-f8ce14ec1f76.html

The Detroit News: Thousands at Auschwitz for Holocaust memorial event

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/world/2017/04/24/poland-holocaust-remembrance/100837346/

Forward: Eastern Europe Urged to Return Stolen Jewish Property

http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/370223/eastern-europe-urged-to-return-stolen-jewish-property/

Forward: Report: Poland Only EU Country Without Law Returning Jewish Property

http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/370300/report-poland-only-eu-country-without-law-returning-jewish-property/

Fox News: European nations not returning Jewish properties taken during Holocaust era

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/24/european-nations-not-returning-jewish-properties-taken-during-holocaust-era.html

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Poland not complying with calls to return Jewish property, report says

http://www.jta.org/2017/04/27/default/poland-not-complying-with-calls-to-return-jewish-property-report-says

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency: US envoy on Holocaust issues urges Eastern European nations to return stolen Jewish property

http://www.jta.org/2017/04/27/news-opinion/world/us-holocaust-issues-envoy-urges-eastern-european-nations-to-return-stolen-jewish-property

Rawstory/ Newsweek: Poland and others fail on WWII restitution goal: report

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/poland-and-others-fail-on-wwii-restitution-goal-report/

Star Herald: Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

http://www.starherald.com/news/nation_world/thousands-at-auschwitz-for-yearly-holocaust-memorial-event/article_edd536ce-49a4-55ed-a169-440c37d57833.html

Voice of America: Thousands Visit Auschwitz for Yearly Holocaust Memorial Event
https://www.voanews.com/a/thousands-auschwitz-annual-holocaust-memorial-event/3823229.html

World Israel News: Study: Several European countries failed to return property stolen from Holocaust victims

https://worldisraelnews.com/study-several-european-countries-failed-return-property-stolen-holocaust-victims/

Yahoo! News: Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

https://www.yahoo.com/news/thousands-auschwitz-yearly-holocaust-memorial-event-111409523.html

United Kingdom:

The Guardian: Eastern Europe failing on Jewish restitution pledges, study finds

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/24/eastern-europe-failing-on-jewish-restitution-pledges-study-finds-poland-terezin-declaration-theft-holocaust-communist-eras

The Independent: Many countries yet to return Jewish property stolen by Nazis, study claims

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nazi-germany-stolen-jewish-property-yet-to-return-shoah-immovable-property-restitution-study-world-a7698011.html

Jewish Chronicle: Former Soviet states failing on restitution

https://www.thejc.com/news/world/former-soviet-states-failing-on-restitution-1.436968

Jewish News: Nazi loot still missing after 70 years

http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/nazi-loot-still-missing-after-70-years/

Newsweek: Eastern European counties failing to return stolen Jewish property: report
http://www.newsweek.com/eastern-europe-poland-failing-stolen-jewish-property-report-589228

Newsweek (Opinion Article): How we can help holocaust survivors get back their property

http://www.newsweek.com/holocaust-memorial-restitution-591752

Talk Radio: Study claims several countries have yet to return Jewish property stolen by Nazis

http://talkradio.co.uk/news/study-claims-several-countries-have-yet-return-jewish-property-stolen-nazis-17042412907#wG4zHFdx4GUdFjjs.99

Belgium:

European Jewish Press: European Parliament President Antonio Tajani: ‘Restitution, together with remembrance and reconciliation, is a fundamental element to restore justice after the Holocaust’

http://www.ejpress.org/article/European-Parliament-President-Antonio-Tajani-Restitution-together-with-remembrance-and-reconciliation-is-a-fundamental-element-to-restore-justice-after-the-Holocaust/23205

Balkans:

Balkan Insight: Balkan States Rapped over Holocaust Property Restitution

http://www.independent.mk/articles/43252/Macedonian+Foreign+Minister+Attends+International+Conference+on+Holocaust+in+Brussels

Blic (Bosnia): WJRO: Many countries have not yet returned the property to Jews

http://www.blic.rs/vesti/svet/wjro-mnoge-zemlje-jos-nisu-vratile-imovinu-jevrejima/6d35c8j

RTRS (BiH): Israel urges BiH and Polish Jews to return assets worth billions of euros

http://rtrs.tv/vijesti/vijest.php?id=250860

Independent Macedonia: Macedonian Foreign Minister Attends International Conference on Holocaust in Brussels

http://www.independent.mk/articles/43252/Macedonian+Foreign+Minister+Attends+International+Conference+on+Holocaust+in+Brussels

The Baltic Times: “Unfinished Justice: Restitution and Remembrance” put Baltics in unfavorable spotlight

http://www.baltictimes.com/___unfinished_justice__restitution_and_remembrance____put_baltics_in_unfavorable_spotlight/

Czech Republic:

Transitions Online: CEE Chided for Erratic Progress on Jewish Restitution

http://www.tol.org/client/transitions/11869-about-us.html

France:

Le Courrier des Balkans: Return of Holocaust Victims’ Property: Balkan Failure

https://www.courrierdesbalkans.fr/Restitution-des-biens-des-victimes-de-l-Holocauste-l-echec-des-Balkans

Germany:

Deutsche Welle: Eastern Europe fails pledges to return Jewish property, says study

http://www.dw.com/en/eastern-europe-fails-pledges-to-return-jewish-property-says-study/a-38599555

KNST: Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

http://ksnt.com/2017/04/24/thousands-at-auschwitz-for-yearly-holocaust-memorial-event/

Israel:

Arutz Sheva: EU head: ‘Accelerate restitution of Holocaust victims property’

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228676

Israel Hayom: Eastern European countries failing Jewish restitution pledge, new study finds

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=41995

The Jerusalem Post: European Parliament President urges post-Holocaust Restitution progress

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/European-Parliament-president-urges-post-Holocaust-restitution-progress-489067

The Times of Israel: Holocaust restitution report fails efforts by Poland, Bosnia

http://www.timesofisrael.com/holocaust-restitution-report-fails-efforts-by-poland-bosnia/

Ynet: Study: Eastern Europe not meeting commitments on returning stolen Jewish property

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4953017,00.html

Malaysia:

Malaysian Digest: Eastern Europe Fails Pledges to Return Jewish Property, Says Study

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/world/671900-eastern-europe-fails-pledges-to-return-jewish-property-says-study.html

Poland:

Associated Press: Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly holocaust memorial event

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_POLAND_HOLOCAUST_REMEMBRANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-24-07-14-23

Russia:

Sputnik News: Many European states have failed to handle the property theft of Jews prior and during World War II

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201704241052951787-europe-holocaust-jewish-declaration/

Sweden:

Dagen: Then Europe’s Jews will get back stolen property from the Nazi era

http://www.dagen.se/sa-ska-europas-judar-fa-tillbaka-stulen-egendom-fran-nazitiden-1.958126

Navigation: