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Justice & Restitution: John Demjanjuk, Polish & Eastern European Property Claims

Posted by Glezele Vayne on April 21, 2009


Once again Arutz Sheva has outdone themselves. I encourage everyone observing this solemn day, Holocaust Remembrance Day, to select some educational programs, radio shows, or to read articles at Arutz Sheva on this most serious and important topic. They have the best on the net on this subject, in my opinion.

The one radio show I’ve listened to today is hosted by Ben Bresky, who filled in for Tamar Yonah on the weekend edition, April 19th. The first segment covered John Demjanjuk, a convicted Nazi war criminal. The Israeli standard for the death penalty is much higher than America’s, “beyond all doubt” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Thus, Demjanjuk couldn’t be sentenced to the death penalty in Israel, but his conviction as a Nazi war, as Ivan the Terrible of Sobibor and Treblinka, stands. His conviction as a Nazi war criminal stands in the United States as well.

Demjanjuk currently resides in the Seven Hills area of Cleveland, Ohio, a reputedly Nazi sympathizer hold-out, with a high Ukrainian immigrant population. Certainly not all residents in this area sympthize with the likes of John (Ivan) Demjanjuk, but Ukranian words of symathy can be heard in this area — words admitting knowledge of this man’s guilt, words of support for Ivan the Terrible of Sobibor and Treblinka. Germany is seeking his extradition.

The second segment of the radio show covers restitution of Polish and other Eastern European property to disenfranchised Jewish owners or their heirs, who lost their property during the Holocaust.

The link given for more information is Polish Legacy. Victims and their heirs are successfully prosecuting these property cases and winning back ownership of their property. Make the criminals pay for their deeds. Money can’t be accepted for the murder of a human being, but certainly property crimes can be prosecuted and restitution can be made.

Justice, properly executed, serves as a significant deterrent to future would-be thieves and murderers.

Ellie Katz

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

3 Responses to “Justice & Restitution: John Demjanjuk, Polish & Eastern European Property Claims”

  1. slawa bau said

    I would be interested to know how many cases and where at what fees/charges/costs were pre-war properties in poland reclaimed by the original families through Solomon Taub and Andrzey Dziewaltowski. What did they do and how did they do it, if they succeeded? Not much information except for advertising their services in 2005-6.

    • elyakatz said


      Information has never been as accessible as it is today. Do some digging, and maybe get back to us as to what you find. I just listened to an audio by Walter Bingham at Israel National Radio. His guests say that an organization set-up to look after the interests of Holocaust survivors has been exposed as having poor accountablity and then subsequent corruption. The result of this sad state of affairs are neglected, poor Holocaust survivors whose interests are being overlooked by some of the very organizations who’s raison d’etre was to make sure they spent their last days on this earth in some dignity and comfort after all their suffering. Here is the audio:

      Audio: Scandal at The Claims Conference

      The Ongoing Claims Conference Controversy by Isi Liebler

      These poor people. It’s not enough that everything in the world, including their loved ones, and their health, was stolen from them. On top of that, those who were entrusted with looking after them in their twilight years have possibly joined in.

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