JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Poland) Polish Restitution Legislation Would Bar Most Holocaust Survivors' Heirs from Property Claims #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Legislation regarding property claims by Holocaust survivors' heirs was
introduced in the Polish Sejm. The bill would preclude most heirs >from even
filing restitution claims in the first place-this affects both Jews and
non-Jewish Holocaust property owners. The legislation would serve as a
comprehensive national privatization law. As proposed it would bar all heirs
except spouses, children, and grandchildren >from making restitution claims.
Additionally, to have a claim accepted the person had to have Polish
residency at the time the property was seized and require claimants to be
Polish citizens today. This would exempt most Holocaust survivors and their
families, as they were not there due to Holocaust and not there when the
Soviets nationalized in the post-war years. For some it is near impossible
to obtain Polish birth certificates or other documentation attesting to
Polish citizenship.

The legislation also limits compensation to 20 percent of the property's
current market value in cash or vouchers, or 25 percent in government bonds.
Property not claimed within one year of the law's passage would be
transferred to the Polish government.

To read more about this and the history of property restitution attempts in
Poland see:

Please do not ask me any questions about this as I only have the information
within the article.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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