Press Release issued 27 April 2001
Czech Republic's denial of holocaust claims may place European Union entry into jeopardy.
Czech Restitution Laws are a sham, and contravene European Human Rights legislation.
Under a 10-year old Czech Law, all inheritance claims for Czech property must have been lodged
By 25 May 2001, after which any unclaimed Property will be written into the ownership of the State.
Baroness Sarah Ludford Member of the European Parliament has asked Guenther
Verheugen European Commissioner for Enlargement to consider whether in the
light of the breech of European Human Rights convention, the application of
the Czech Republic into membership of the European Union was a wise move.
Czech Restitution Law discriminates between people depending on their
Former owners of property confiscated by the Nazis in 1939 and by the
Communist Government after 1948 can only receive compensation if they are
Czech Nationals and live in the Czech Republic. All those who scattered to
other countries as a result of the War are discriminated against even where
they can show without any doubt that they have a practical and moral right
to property stolen from their families. This is not the problem of any one nation alone.
Ex Czechs are today often USA citizens, but have also settled in many other countries.
One prominent example is the Schloss Panenske Brezany Castle in which
Reinhard HEYDRICH was living when he was assassinated by the Czech
underground in 1944. This is only one of very many cases in which families
have been wronged by the Czech pretence at Restitution.
Search and Unite (http://remember.org/unite) have published a web page in
which the evolvement of this breech of the European Human Rights Law is
discussed in more detail.
The denial by the government of the Czech Republic of property restitution to
non-Czech Nationals is actually a THIRD theft of these properties.
It renders their action to be no different of that of the former Regimes!
The current Czech Republic government is repeating the property theft of both
the Nazis and Communist governments.
Contact: David Lewin Search & Unite
Tel: +44 208 446 0404 Fax: +44 208 445 8732 e-mail: searchandunitem [AT] lewinsdlondon [DOT] org [DOT] uk
Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage of so
many years since World War II, may still exist "out there". We also assist
in the process of re-possession of property in the Czech Republic. See our
Web page at http://remember.org/unite/