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Restitution organization slams new Polish law: ‘This issue will not go away’

The World Jewish Restitution Organization slams Poland’s approval of a law that will effectively prevent heirs from filing claims for Jewish property seized during the Holocaust.

“Today is a sad day for justice and the rule of law, as President Duda signs a law trying to make it virtually impossible for all former Polish property owners to secure redress for property illegally stolen during the Communist era — and which remains in Poland to this day,” the group said in a statement.

“With this law, Poland is attempting to say to the world — if you delay justice long enough, you can shut the door to history without taking responsibility, and benefit in the present from the communist actions of the past.”

The statement adds: “They are wrong. This issue will not go away… Without justice for what happened in the past, there will not be legal certainty for those who trade in this stolen property in the future.”

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