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The second was the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), formed pursuant to an agreement among the Swiss banks, the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), and Israel's Jewish Agency.
(136.) Established in 1992 by the World Jewish Congress and the State of Israel, the WJRO was charged with regaining Jewish properties in former Communist countries.
Poland, where 3.3 million Jews lived before the Holocaust, is the only major country in Europe that has not passed national legislation for the restitution of property unjustly seized from private owners by the Nazis or nationalized by the communist regime, according to the WJRO. Instead of passing legislation, Polish authorities and courts handle restitution claims on a per-case basis.
It is an unreasonably short period, according to WJRO. But for people like Sztykgold, who don't even know which addresses their families used to own, the entire 2016 process is irrelevant.
"It's critical that authorities in Poland make every effort to identify and notify potential petitioners of the list's publication," Said WJRO Operations Committee Chairperson Gideon Taylor.
"There is now a very limited opportunity for some kind of justice for people who suffered so much," Gideon Taylor, chairman of operations for the WJRO, said.
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