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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

By David Lewin
April 27, 2001

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 Nationality.

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
156 Totteridge Lane London N20 8JJ UK
Tel: +44 208 446 0404
Fax: +44 208 445 8732
e-mail: davidlewin@bigfoot.com

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/

The Search & Unite Team
People searchers wherever they have scattered
and property claims in the CZECH REPUBLIC
Tel: +44 208 446 0404
E-mail: davidlewin@bigfoot.com
Web Page: http://remember.org/unite David Lewin, 156 Totteridge Lane, London N20 8JJ - FAX +44 208 445 8732












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