web analytics
March 29, 2015 / 9 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Poland to Toughen Stance on Returning Communal Jewish Property

Polish President Lech Kaczynski at Yad Vashem.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski at Yad Vashem.
Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi /Flash90

According to a report in today’s Ha’aretz, the Polish government has decided to completely alter the process of returning communal Jewish properties to their rightful owners, removing deliberation of the matter from committees comprised of both government and community representatives, and placing it in the hands of the courts. The government is trying hard to reach mutual agreement with claimant organizations, but strong objections from the Jewish community, as well as from four non-Catholic churches who would also be affected by the proposed change, will likely torpedo this move. At this point it is almost certain that the parliament will come up with legislation on the issue as early as March.

Last year an association of Israelis of Polish descent slammed Warsaw’s decision to suspend plans to offer compensation for individual property seized during the Nazi and communist eras. At the time, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk suspended work on a law that would have given some compensation to former owners of lost property. Tusk cited the economic crisis as the reason for the sudden change.

Some see the reason for the suspension of cooperation between the Warsaw government and Jewish organizations in the growing tension over Poland’s refusal to even open the discussion of returning the billions of dollars in property that was stolen from Polish Jews during and after the war. Others suggest that the main purpose of the committees had been to compensate the Polish Catholic Church for its losses, and once that has been taken care of, they see no need to right wrongs done to others.

President of the Jewish Communities in Poland Piotr Kadlcik who was invited to consult with the Minister of Administration and Computing – the body dealing with the return of confiscated Jewish property – stated unequivocally that the proposed arrangement is not acceptable to the Jewish organizations in Poland.

Public property committees have been at work in Poland since 1997, and have so far returned close to two thousand properties confiscated by the Nazis and later by the Communists. The ownership of some three thousand properties are still being disputed.

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Poland to Toughen Stance on Returning Communal Jewish Property”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Father Gabriel Naddaf with soldiers
It’s Hard to be a Christian Arab in Israel
Latest News Stories
obamatargetiran-275x167

“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with
other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal.”

Aftermath of Saudi air strike on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia withdraws personnel from Aden. Iran calls Saudi strike a “strategic mistake.”

“The tone of #US officials’ background comments on #Iran talks is getting progressively more dreary, like the weather in #Lausanne,” Associate Press reporter Matt Lee tweeted Saturday night. Lee is a veteran journalist who has a keen eye and ear that cuts through the double talk and dishonest smiling faces of American diplomats. If he […]

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

It is a long tradition in the Muslim world never to agree to anything at an agreed time.

Hamas test fired a rocket on Saturday, the rocket landed within the Gaza Strip.

Israel was aware of the report’s impending release and did not object.

The PA hasn’t changed anything on their end, so why did Netanyahu suddenly change his policy?

Obama’s “two-state” phobia shows how much he and his experts do not understand the Middle East.

Kosher for Passover? Depends who you ask.

The main suspect confessed to passing on information to Syria through the Internet.

Has anyone asked Obama why Netanyahu should even think about agreeing to a Palestinian Authority country?

A U.S. Air Force F-15 warplane dropped approximately 60,000 leaflets over the Syrian city of Raqaa to discourage people from joining the Islamic State (ISIS), the Pentagon revealed Thursday. The “Military Information Support Operations,” propaganda campaign was carried out last week and was the first time the United States has used the tactic in Syria. […]

Israel reportedly wants to change the names to Hebrew, which would affront Muslim sensitivities.

The non-binding vote approves funds for imposing sanctions if Iran violates a deal.

More Articles from Tibbi Singer
Nazi Montage

The average Israeli is remarkably stupid and thick-headed when it comes to the sanctity of freedom of speech.

It's business as usual as Gazans repair the tunnels used to smuggle in the long-range rockets that hit Tel Aviv.

Some of these Gazan tunnels were estimated to have cost $3 million to construct, but will they sustain continued flooding by rain and sewer water?

Mayor Shimoni was looking to provide security, albeit in an unpopular way, because his prime minister has not been able to. Calling him names does not change the fact that Israeli civilians are not safe from being murdered in the street by blood-crazy Arab individuals.

If anyone has had any delusions about this not being a religious war, and anything but a religious war, one need only connect the images that are emerging from this morning’s massacre of four Jewish men in the middle of their morning prayer to the images of Jews massacred in Hebron, in 1929.

Published at Jewish Business News. It began last year with an announcement by Israel’s Ministry of Education, of a pilot study using digitally converted books and other teaching materials, which students would access with their tablets. Legally, teaching with tablets in Israeli schools is contingent on parental consent, especially since it’s the parents who were […]

Jon Stewart has opted, voluntarily and without pressures, out of the Jewish timeline. I suspect the bitterness in Stewart’s note is related to that decision.

Published at Jewish Business News. Forget the old, scary Ku Klux Klan, welcome to the newly branded Klan, the Rocky Mountain Knights, which offers membership to Jews, Blacks, Gays and Latinos. This could all be a conspiracy thought up by Bed, Bath and Beyond, to sell more white sheets. Because no matter who you are, […]

“There’s only one way to buy it,” Adelson said. “Money.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/poland-to-toughen-stance-on-returning-communal-jewish-property/2012/02/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: