The World Jewish Restitution Organisation (WJRO) has issued a communique in which it expressed its disappointment with the position taken by Poland on the matter of the restitution of Jewish property for which no owners or descendants have been identified.
“We are disappointed in the tone and language in Poland regarding property restitution in recent weeks,” said Gideon Taylor, Chair of Operations, World Jewish Restitution Organisation (WJRO). “Non-Jewish and Jewish property owners have waited many years for Poland to provide them with a measure of justice. This issue is not about the German Nazi confiscations during the occupation of Poland. It is about property subsequently nationalised by the Polish Communists that continues to benefit the Polish economy. The Polish government introduced draft legislation to address this issue over a year ago. This issue is particularly important for Holocaust survivors, and their families, whose property was taken first by the German Nazis and then again by Communist Poland. We hope for a renewed dialogue with Poland so that they can address this historical injustice. WJRO appreciates the longstanding concern of Israel and the United States, as well as other countries, on this issue."
This Facebook post has been commented upon by several Polish responses. They have pointed out that it was the Germans who were responsible for the destruction of Jewish property and that little was done to counter the rise of the Nazis by Jews in the USA.
The statement by the WJRO has come in reaction to the decision by Poland to cancel a visit by an Israeli delegation after its request to change the subject matter of the meeting to include implementation of the US JUST Act (Law 447) on the restitution of properties without inheritors or their descendants. The Israeli representatives are reported to have arrived anyway and have held unofficial meetings.