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Poland's President signs Restitution law

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 16, Aug 2021
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  • The Law restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors or their descendants to reclaim property seized by the country’s former communist regime
  • In 2015 Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled there should be specific deadlines after which administrative decisions over property titles could no longer be challenged
  • The bill sets a 30-year limit for restitution claims.
  • Before World War Two, Poland had been home to one of the world's biggest Jewish communities, but it was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis 
  • Up to now, Jewish expatriates or their descendants could make a claim that a property had been seized illegally and demand its return.
  • Unlike other EU states, Poland has not created a fund to give compensation to people whose property was seized.