Lithuania compensates Jews for 37 million euros for confiscation of property during the Holocaust

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Lithuania compensates Jews for 37 million euros for confiscation of property during the Holocaust

According to Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, compensation is a “moral duty” of Lithuanians to those who lost their lives and property. The money will begin to be paid in 2024 and will continue for the next six years.

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Today, November 24, the Seimas of Lithuania voted in the first reading for a bill that provides compensation to Jews for confiscated property during World War II. This was reported on the official website of the Parliament.

As specified, the Cabinet of Ministers of Lithuania proposed to allocate 37 million euros for compensation for personal property expropriated during the Holocaust.

Now such compensation is allocated annually, but only for property that was confiscated in the last century from Jewish religious communities. The corresponding law on goodwill compensation in Lithuania was adopted in 2011.

“Why is this issue important? It is important not only as a certain moral obligation to those who lost their lives and property during the Holocaust, but also as a certain international obligation of Lithuania,” commented Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, who presented the draft law to members of the Seimas .

According to her, the adoption of amendments to the current legislation will “close the issue” with compensation for expropriated property.

It is expected that the payment of compensation will begin in 2024 and continue for the next six years –– until 2030.

It will be possible to send applications for compensation to the Lithuanian Goodwill Fund until the end of 2023. This can be done both by the affected people themselves and by their heirs, taking into account the provision of supporting documents.

The bill was supported in the first reading by 85 deputies, two were against, nine more parliamentarians abstained.

In during the Holocaust, about 90% of the approximately 208 thousand Lithuanian Jews perished. The extermination of Jews in Lithuania reached its peak in the period from June to December 1941.