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Trump signs bill to assess efforts to compensate Holocaust survivors

[JURIST] The White House announced [press release] Wednesday that US President Donald Trump signed a bill [text, PDF] that strives to assist Jewish groups in their attempts to reclaim property and compensation for losses during the Holocaust.

The Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act requires the Secretary of State to submit a report within the next 18 months assessing the nature and extent of the efforts by dozens of European countries to compensate Holocaust survivors. The law does not give the US any power to act against countries.

Although the JUST Act does not single out any country, Poland is the only European country that has yet to pass comprehensive legislation to compensate former owners for assets seized during World War II.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz [official website] has recently stated that the act unfairly sets Jewish claimants above non-Jewish ones, inherently discriminating against Poles.

Jewish groups have praised the act for being a helpful step toward their efforts to reclaim lost property in Poland.

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