The Israeli government is firing a new salvo in the turf war over Holocaust restitution. Following years of complaints by survivors about opacity and unjust allocation decisions by the Claims Conference, and after two decades of what critics deride as scant tangible successes by the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), a new Israeli restitution organization is amassing hundreds of thousands of new claims for survivors and their heirs.
Poland is shelving plans to compensate former property owners -- among them Holocaust survivors -- for assets confiscated during the communist period. The announcement by Poland's state treasury was met with "shock and dismay" by the World Jewish Restitution Organization, which represents survivors and their heirs. "Given the current economic situation, work on this draft legislation cannot be continued," a Polish official announced on March 9, the French news agency AFP reported.