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Pressing Poland On Holocaust Restitution Presents Dilemma For U.S., Jewish Groups

President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk speaking at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, May 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk speaking at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, May 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

But Rabbi Andrew Baker, the American Jewish Committee’s international Jewish affairs director, said such a move would be counterproductive.

“These issues are not popular with the domestic constituencies in any of the Eastern Europeans countries where we’ve pressed it,” Baker said. “The last thing we want is to make it more unpopular.”

(JTA)

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5 Responses to “Pressing Poland On Holocaust Restitution Presents Dilemma For U.S., Jewish Groups”

  1. In the equations for justice the overwhelming tragedy can have very little justice now. Poland should do more.

    But Jewish leaders should not have Poland on the top of their agenda right now.

    Instead Hungary, that allows Lazlo Czatary, the murderer of more than 15,000 Hungarian Jews, to live comfortably in his Budapest apartment without facing trail, should be on the top of the list. He is more than 95 years old, so it wouldn't take that long to return Poland to the top of the list.

  2. Anonymous says:

    AS FOUNDER OF Rabbis for Romney I WARNED YOU ABOUT OBAMA.

    Watch this. It is well worth it. NO one in this administration knows anything. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  3. Bruce Hain says:

    There is one big problem that is notably omitted here: Poland and Czech Republic have yet to pay property claims of ethnic Germans who were dispossessed of land and property in what is now Poland and Czech Republic. This dispossession represents a vast amount. The German "League of the Displaced" have had a difficult time given the biased political climate in Germany, are suppressed, and the affected generation, almost gone, are resigned to their fate.

  4. Bruce Hain says:

    He would have to have been very highly placed to kill so many. Anything like Rakozy?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anti Semites Are Having a Field Day.

    The shenanigans going on with the Holocaust Claims Conference and the daily reports in various newspapers is reprehensible. If I were not a child of Holocaust survivors and Jewish I would truly develop anti Semitic feelings and be jealous with hatred of the Jewish people. Why? Jews have been hated throughout history because non Jews believe we control the financial world and find every possible method to steal money from others.. I am sixty five years old and was born in a DP camp.. My parents, survivors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald died when I was relatively young. Except for a cousin, their entire families perished in the Holocaust and all their property including land and businesses was taken from them. Any elderly Holocaust survivor who is in need of food, medicine or financial assistance which Germany just made available should receive the additional funding through the Holocaust Claims Conference.

    Due to the mishandling and theft involved with the Holocaust Claims Conference the world is regarding the entire Jewish population as thieves. Is this the legacy we want after many of us lost most of our families to the Nazis?

    While I realize Holocaust survivors will say that the money given by Germany belongs to them, I can suggest other venues where this money would help the children, grandchildren and future generations of those who suffered in the Holocaust. There certainly are many Holocaust survivors who financially did well after the war. I am sure they would also like to see funding from the Holocaust Claims conference used for the Jewish education of their children and future generations. How many Rabbinical Theological schools offer courses in Holocaust history or education? This is the way to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and those who died. Day schools are in desperate need of financial assistance and synagogues are having financial problems. Many young Jewish families, especially Religious families are struggling to keep kosher, send their children to Yeshivas, support synagogues and purchase homes in religious neighborhoods.

    Are we going to allow the same leadership of the Holocaust Claims Conference to misappropriate and mismanage funds to the point where over fifty million dollars was stolen? It is time for new leadership. Unless others join me in speaking out, ten years from now we will be reading about more theft and misuse of funds while most of the Holocaust will have died.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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