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An Immovable Property Restitution Legislation Database
An Immovable Property Restitution Legislation Database

ESLI'S Initiative to Bring Present and Future Meaning to the Terezin Declaration Commitments

Author(s): Kristen Nelson, Rajika L. Shah
Subject(s): History of the Holocaust, History of Antisemitism, Law on Economics, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: HESPERIAedu
Keywords: immovable (real) property; ESLI, private property; communal property; heirless property; database; Holocaust (Shoah); restitution; compensation

Summary/Abstract: The 2009 Terezin Declaration reflects the will of 47 nations to continue to enhance their efforts to right the wrongs committed against groups persecuted during World War II. These commitments are not only important with respect to bringing justice to those affected by persecution during the Holocaust, but also are important from the standpoint of transitional justice as now understood, including as a way of reducing the likelihood of future genocides or mass atrocities. The European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) was established to monitor progress and advocate for the principles enshrined in the Terezin Declaration, in particular that of immovable (real) property restitution. ESLI’s latest project – the immovable property database initiative – will provide a much needed and long overdue dynamic tool for claimants, heirs, scholars, governments, NGOs – any stakeholder – to help navigate current property restitution issues by confronting the path through the past which brought us to current state of affairs.. When completed, the online database will be a user-friendly, public-access comparative repository of legislation and international and domestic case law (both past and present) from every country that has endorsed the Terezin Declaration. Using the online database to examine the often thorny and emotionally charged issue of heirless property, in particular, is emblematic of how the content can be used to drive the conversation for solutions forward and possibly give rise to intertwined policy-related questions.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 101-111
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English