Roskam, Deutch Applaud Passage of Serbia’s Holocaust Restitution Law

Feb 12, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) released the following statement after the Serbian government passed Holocaust-era property restitution legislation:

“The Serbian Jewish community was almost entirely decimated during the Shoah. Thousands were shot in the streets or sent to die in concentration camps.

“For more than 70 years, the issue of stolen Jewish property has remained unresolved. Forty-six countries agreed in 2009 to restore property rights to Holocaust survivors and compensate the community for heirless and unclaimed property, yet many nations have not fulfilled their obligations.

“Today we commend the Serbian government for honoring its commitment and acknowledging the atrocities committed against the Jewish community."

The new law restores property rights, provides funds to the Jewish community in Serbia, extends financial support to Holocaust survivors, and directs funds toward Holocaust research, commemoration, and education.

Reps. Roskam and Deutch, along with 23 House colleagues, sent a letter to Serbian Prime Minister Vučić encouraging swift passage of this legislation.