Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Polish President Refusess To Accept Law Limiting Warsaw Restitution Claims

'WJRO Welcomes Polish President’s Refusal To Sign Law Limiting Warsaw Restitution Claims' August 4, 2015
The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) welcomed the decision last night by President Bronisław Komorowski of Poland not to sign legislation that would limit the ability of Holocaust survivors, their families, and other rightful owners to recover property in Warsaw they claimed after the Second World War. President Komorowski referred the legislation to the Constitutional Tribunal to review whether the provisions limiting restitution violate the Constitution. “We welcome the decision of the president to refer this unjust legislation to the Constitutional Court,” said Gideon Taylor, WJRO chair of operations. “This legislation restricts claimants – whether Jewish or not – from recovering property that was wrongly taken from them.”
Two days later (6 August 2015) Andrzej Duda, an ally of Jarosław Kaczyński\s PiS party, replaced Komorowski and quickly became involved in the 2015 Polish constitutional crisis which froze the Constitutional Tribunal making it possible to pass whatever laws the PiS government pleases. Duda's wife is from a Jewish family.

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