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Searching for Justice After the Holocaust: Fulfilling the Terezin Declaration and Immovable Property Restitution

ISBN13: 9780190923068
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00

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The Nazis and their state-sponsored cohorts stole mercilessly from the Jews of Europe. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, returning survivors had to navigate a frequently unclear path to recover their property from governments and neighbors who had failed to protect them and who often had been complicit in their persecution.

While the return of Nazi-looted art has garnered the most media attention, and there have been well-publicized settlements involving stolen Swiss bank deposits and unpaid insurance policies, there is a larger piece of Holocaust injustice that has not been adequately dealt with: stolen land and buildings, much of which today still remain unrestituted. This book is about the less publicized area of post-Holocaust restitution involving immovable (real) property confiscated from European Jews and others during World War II.

In 2009, 47 countries convened in Prague to deal with the lingering problem of restitution of pre-war private, communal and heirless property stolen in the Holocaust. The outcome was the issuance by 47 states of the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues, which aimed, among other things, to "rectify the consequences" of the wrongful property seizures.

This book sets forth the legal history of Holocaust immovable property restitution in each of the Terezin Declaration signatory states. It also analyses how each of the 47 countries has fulfilled the standards of the Guidelines and Best Practices of the Terezin Declaration, issued in 2010 in conjunction with the establishment of the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) to monitor compliance.

The book is based on the Holocaust (Shoah) Immovable Property Restitution Study commissioned by ESLI, written by the authors and issued in Brussels in 2017 before the European Parliament.

Legal History, Art and Cultural Heritage Law
Table of Cases
Table of Legislation
Chapter 1: Albania
Chapter 2: Argentina
Chapter 3: Australia
Chapter 4: Austria
Chapter 5: Belarus
Chapter 6: Belgium
Chapter 7: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Chapter 8: Brazil
Chapter 9: Bulgaria
Chapter 10: Canada
Chapter 11: Croatia
Chapter 12: Cyprus
Chapter 13: Czech Republic
Chapter 14: Denmark
Chapter 15: Estonia
Chapter 16: Finland
Chapter 17: France
Chapter 18: Germany
Chapter 19: Greece
Chapter 20: Hungary
Chapter 21: Ireland
Chapter 22: Israel
Chapter 23: Italy
Chapter 24: Latvia
Chapter 25: Lithuania
Chapter 26: Luxembourg
Chapter 27: Macedonia
Chapter 28: Malta
Chapter 29: Moldova
Chapter 30: Montenegro
Chapter 31: Netherlands
Chapter 32: Norway
Chapter 33: Poland
Chapter 34: Portugal
Chapter 35: Romania
Chapter 36: Russia
Chapter 37: Serbia
Chapter 38: Slovakia
Chapter 39: Slovenia
Chapter 40: Spain
Chapter 41: Sweden
Chapter 42: Switzerland
Chapter 43: Turkey
Chapter 44: United Kingdom
Chapter 45: Ukraine
Chapter 46: United States
Chapter 47: Uruguay