Avid Editor's Insights

Posts Tagged ‘Solomon Taub’

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

Posted by Glezele Vayne on April 21, 2009

BS”D

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

Posted in Holocaust | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

 
%d bloggers like this: