US Secretary of State Releases Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act Report to Congress #usa #holocaust
Jan Meisels Allen
On July 29, 2020, the US Department of State released its report to Congress on the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) of 2017 Act, which was adopted by Congress with broad, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump in May 2018.
The State Department called out Bosnia, Belarus, Ukraine and particularly Poland for not having acted on restitution claims. Croatia, Latvia and Russia were also taken to task in the report, which is likely to draw angry responses from the governments identified.
The JUST Act Report highlights the important actions taken by countries to provide restitution of or compensation for property confiscated during the Holocaust era or subsequently nationalized during the Communist era, consistent with commitments those countries undertook when they endorsed the Terezin Declaration at the conclusion of the Prague Holocaust Era Assets Conference in June 2009. The report also describes the vital work that countries are doing to commemorate the Holocaust, open archives, and promote Holocaust education in order to honor survivors and victims and to ensure such atrocities never happen again.
The Report details the critical work that remains to be done to provide a belated measure of justice to Holocaust survivors and their families, and to Jewish communities destroyed by the Holocaust. Given the advanced age of Holocaust survivors around the world – many of whom live in or near poverty – the need for action is urgent. All victims of the Nazi regime should be able to live out their remaining days in dignity.
The report may be read at: https://www.state.gov/reports/just-act-report-to-congress/
To read about the report see: https://apnews.com/837620e71380aa711e9094f8b8c84677
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee