(JTA) -- President Obama should raise the issue of restitution of private Jewish property during his meeting this week with Polish officials, a Jewish group has urged.
The World Jewish Restitution Organization made the request two days before Obama meets Friday with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
The request follows a similar one contained in a letter to Obama from U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), chairs of the Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission).
By disparaging the US government's support of demands that Poland compensate Jews for property stolen from them during the Holocaust, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski exacerbated the firestorm created by his government's peremptory decision to walk away from long-promised restitution legislation for spurious economic reasons.
Government cites economy in scrapping restitution plan.
Jewish organizations here are promising to mount a major fight — exerting political and diplomatic pressure — to prevent the Polish government from abandoning its compensation of Jews and others whose private property was stolen by the Nazis and then confiscated by the Communists.
Group protests at golf tournament as part of new pressure campaign in uphill battle for justice.
Boca Raton, Fla. — These aging Holocaust survivors were teed off.
Last Sunday, on a cool Florida morning, an estimated 75 survivors and their supporters gathered on a street corner here just outside the gates of Old Course at the Broken Sound Country Club. Inside, professional golfers on the senior tour were competing in the fifth annual Allianz Championship.
(JTA) -- Holocaust survivors are set to picket a golf tournament in South Florida sponsored by the international insurance company Allianz.
The company still owes an estimated $2 billion in unpaid claims to Holocaust survivors, say the protesters, who plan to picket Monday at the Boca Raton course of the $1.8 million Allianz Championship. The survivors also plan to return on the final day of the tournament.
Shock of survivor-compensation fraud quickly followed
by news of Nazi criminals sheltered in U.S.
Seventy years after the start of the Holocaust, “betrayal” was the one word used to describe two Holocaust-related developments last week that had particular resonance with the Jewish community.
First, authorities announced Tuesday that two German Holocaust restitution funds had been ripped off to the tune of $42.5 million over the last 16 years and that 17 people had been arrested — including six insiders at the organization that administered the funds, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Scheme to rip off German government went back to 1994.
An 11-month federal investigation into allegedly fraudulent Holocaust reparation claims resulted in the announced arrest this week of 17 Brooklyn residents — including six insiders — on charges that they bilked the Claims Conference out $42.5 million.