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H.Res. 766: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the restitution of or compensation for property seized during the Nazi and Communist eras. Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Aug 2, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Aug 2, 2012

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RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the restitution of or compensation for property seized during the Nazi and Communist eras.

Whereas protecting and respecting private property rights is a basic principle for all democratic governments that operate according to the rule of law; Whereas Nazi or Communist regimes dominated many Eastern European countries without the consent of their people for parts of the 20th century; Whereas the authoritarian and totalitarian regimes that emerged in Eastern Europe after World War II perpetuated the wrongful and unjust confiscation of property, including immovable property, personal property, and financial assets, that belonged to victims of Nazi persecution; Whereas the Nazi regime considered religious property an early target and denied religious communities the temporal facilities that held them together by expropriating churches, synagogues, religious seminaries, cemeteries, and other communal property; Whereas, after World War II, Communist regimes expanded the systematic expropriation of private, communal, and religious property in an effort to eliminate the influence of religion; Whereas, since the fall of the Iron Curtain, only part of the immovable property confiscated during and after the Holocaust has been recovered or compensated; Whereas, in July 2001, the Paris Declaration of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly noted that the process of restitution, compensation, and material reparation of victims of Nazi persecution has not been pursued with the same degree of comprehensiveness by all of the participating states of that Organization; Whereas the Organization for Security and Co-operation in...

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Bill Summary

H.Res. 766: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the restitution of or compensation for property seized during the Nazi and Communist eras.

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