World Jewish Congress head Ronald Lauder and Avraham Biderman called for
accelerated movement on Holocaust restitution Tuesday after being reconfirmed
respectively as the president and confirmed as the co-chairman of the World
Jewish Restitution Organization. “Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II,
justice has not yet been done regarding the return of private and communal
property in most former Nazi-occupied countries,” said Biderman. “Stolen
property must be returned. We will not rest until that which was taken is
Tzoahe WJRO will be “focusing its efforts on Poland, the only
major country in Central or Eastern Europe that has not passed legislation for
the restitution of private property stolen during the Holocaust,” the
organization said in a statement. “I call on those countries that have been slow
to move on this issue now,” Lauder proclaimed. “Time is running out. Survivors
cannot accept that property stolen from them and [from] those who perished is
not being returned. The countries in question must do the right thing. Justice
must be done, and seen to be done.”
Biderman, the child of Polish
survivors, is a member of the board of the Conference of Material Claims Against
Germany and a trustee of Agudath Israel of American.
His co-chairman at
the WJRO is Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky.
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