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US urges Poland’s Duda not to sign WWII restitution law passed by parliament

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Polish President Andrzej Duda not to sign legislation passed by the parliament in Warsaw on Wednesday that will effectively prevent future restitution to heirs of property seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The law will block property ownership and other administrative decisions from being declared void after 30 years, which would mean that pending proceedings involving Communist-era property confiscations would be discontinued and dismissed. It affects Polish, Jewish and other property claims that are subject to contested previous determinations.

Blinken in a statement said he was “deeply concerned” by the legislation’s passing. “We urge that President Duda not sign the bill into law or that, in line with the authority granted to him as President, he refer the bill to Poland’s constitutional tribunal.”

While Duda could potentially veto the law, such a prospect is seen as unlikely.

The US secretary of state said Poland needs a comprehensive law for resolving confiscated property claims would benefit many poles and provide some measure of justice for victims. “Until such a law is enacted, the pathway to compensation........

© The Times of Israel

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