Secretary of State Blinken highlights Luxembourg’s lead in Holocaust property restitution efforts

In his recent letter to the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and Claims Conference the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vows to work on pursuing justice for Holocaust survivors and helping countries meet Holocaust property restitution commitments.

In his letter, Sec. Blinken praises Luxembourg’s outstanding leadership in this regard. In January 2021, the Grand Duchy signed a historic agreement with the Jewish Community of Luxembourg, the World Jewish Restitution Organization and the Luxembourg Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, in which it committed to erecting a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust at Cinqfontaines Abbey, providing support to remaining Holocaust survivors from Luxembourg, and developing a national strategy to combat anti-Semitism. With this agreement Luxembourg also settles Holocaust-era heirless and communal property claims. The Grand Duchy also committed to an evidence-backed process aimed at identifying and restoring dormant bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, insurance policies, and looted art.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also saluted Luxembourg leading example in her speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this year.

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