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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 28, 2006 / 30 Shevat, 5766

Holocaust thefts must be repaid

By Richard Z. Chesnoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Headline stories have a nasty habit of disappearing before they're really over. Take the greatest theft in history, the systematic looting of Europe's Jews by a pack of thieves that included everyone from Nazi officials to Swiss banks to French museums.


Most of the loot was never returned after World War II — neither to victims nor their heirs. When news of this shocking Holocaust injustice finally broke in the late 1990s, it triggered front-page headlines, TV specials and even a flurry of books, including one by this reporter.


Since then? World pressure — especially from Washington and Jewish organizations — eventually forced the supersecretive Swiss banks to offer a $1.25 billion global settlement for hidden Holocaust victims' deposits. International insurance companies agreed to pay claims they'd once refused to honor. Former slave laborers — Jews and non-Jews — began receiving long overdue compensation. And some museums finally responded to claims they were hoarding stolen paintings — just last week Dutch officials agreed to return over 200 old masters to the heirs of Jacques Goudstikker, an Amsterdam Jewish collector whose art was seized by the Nazis, then recovered by the Dutch government after the war.


Breakthroughs such as this one, however, are becoming rarer. More common: failures, embarrassments and even outrages. The Swiss, for example, provided access to only 36,000 out of some 4 million Holocaust period accounts still on record.


Eastern European governments still drag their feet about restoring Jewish property to its rightful owners. Israeli authorities shamefully stonewall about land holdings and pre-war bank deposits left by Holocaust victims. Some lawyers have been accused of exorbitant fees. And the World Jewish Congress - the lead warrior in the restitution struggle — was charged with financial mismanagement.


An investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer found no criminal wrongdoing — but Jewish Congress executive Israel Singer, one of the chief negotiators of restitution agreements, was barred from future financial dealings on behalf of the organization. Nor has the art world totally washed itself white. For every museum that honestly investigates the provenance of its collections, another two don't. The influential New York Jewish weekly The Forward recently raised questions about the origin of some works in New York philanthropist Ronald Lauder's world-renowned collection of 20th century Austrian art. Lauder's spokesman vigorously insists "painstaking provenance research continues."


Then, too, there are the many aging Holocaust survivors who charge that the compensation system simply moves too slowly. "I am 85," says one New York woman. "How much longer can I wait?"


In fact, under the circumstances, the distribution system progresses amazingly well. Much credit is due the U.S. judicial team responsible for dispersing the more than $1.25 billion repaid by Swiss banks: Federal Judge Edward Korman and his court-appointed special master, veteran New York attorney Judah Gribetz. According to their most recent report, $780 million has already been dispersed worldwide to more than 369,000 claimants. Another $65 million has been allocated for an additional 13,000 Swiss bank account claimants who lack full documentation, but have plausible stories.


Still, time is running out for survivors — most in their 70s and 80s — for whom compensation from banks, insurance companies, museums and national governments is still not forthcoming. The moment has come for the media and the government to ratchet up the pressure on recalcitrant members of the pack of thieves.

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff is a contributing correspondent at US News & World Report, a columnist at the NY Daily News and a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Demoracies. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. His latest book, is "The Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us & Why The Feeling Is Mutual". (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR. )

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