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Senator Clinton Hails Opening of Holocaust Archives

Posted by jewsforhillary on May 2, 2008

Senator Clinton Hails Opening of Holocaust Archives

WASHINGTON, DC Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the opening of the Holocaust archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany.  The archives hold an estimated 50 million records that disclose the fate of 17.5 million victims, and for the first time the archives are fully open to the public.

At last, Holocaust survivors and their families may find answers they’ve been seeking for six decades.  The archive’s opening will unearth long-buried information about so many who perished, and learning about their tragic fates is a part of our commitment to never forget.  As we near Holocaust Remembrance Day, I welcome the opening of the archives at Bad Arolsen and hope that its holdings will shed some light on one of the darkest chapters of the last century,” said Senator Clinton.

The Bad Arolsen archives long remained the largest closed World War II-era archives in the world, holding an estimated 50 million records that disclose the fate of some 17.5 million victims. Opening the archives to the public required each of the 11 member countries of the International Commission of the International Tracing Service (ITS) to ratify the May 2006 amendments to the 1955 Bonn Accords. On November 28, 2007, the final country ratified the agreement.

Senator Clinton has long supported allowing unfettered public access to the Holocaust archive.  In May 2007, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senator Clinton urging these ITS countries to complete the process and open the archives.  Last December Senator Clinton along with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced resolutions praising the ITS countries’ ratification of the of the May 2006 amendments.

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Hillary Calls on Hungarian Government to Return Artwork Stolen During Holocaust to Rightful Owner

Posted by jewsforhillary on September 18, 2007

Senator Clinton Calls on Hungarian Government to Return Stolen Artwork to Rightful Owner — Artwork Stolen During Holocaust Currently Held By Two Hungarian-State-Owned Museums (News release and copy of letter)

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined with other members of the Helsinki Commission to call on the Hungarian government to return multiple pieces of artwork that were stolen during the Holocaust to their rightful owner, Martha Nierenberg. In a letter to Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Kinga Goncz, the members of the Commission urged the speedy and long-overdue restoration of ten paintings currently held by two Hungarian-state-owned museums, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery.

“For too long, Martha Nierenberg has sought the return of paintings stolen from her family from the Hungarian government,” said Senator Clinton. “I urge the Hungarian government to take immediate action to resolve Martha Nierenberg’s claims.”

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Clinton Lobbies Polish Government For Resitution of Property Stolen During WWII

Posted by jewsforhillary on April 11, 2007

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote to the Polish prime minister requesting that his country enact a restitution law for property confiscated during the Nazi and communist eras.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote to the Polish prime minister requesting that his country enact a restitution law for property confiscated during the Nazi and communist eras. Also signing the letter to Jaroslaw Kaczynski were members of the Helsinki Commission. Clinton (D-N.Y.) and the commission want the Polish government to ensure that properties obtained illegally will be returned or the owners will be properly compensated.

The signers welcomed statements by Polish government officials that they would work to pass legislation on the issue by the end of this year, but the commission expressed concerns that the victims have experienced numerous delays in their efforts to gain restitution.

Along with restitution or compensation, the commission’s recommendations in the letter to Kaczynski included keeping burdens for filing a claim to a minimum, consistent involvement of the central government and the return of artwork to its rightful owners.

“The delay in resolving the property claims of elderly survivors and their family members has gone on for too long,” Clinton said.

The Helsinki Commission is a U.S. government agency that monitors and encourages compliance with the agreements of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as established by the Helsinki Accords. Thirty-five countries signed on to the accords in 1975. (JTA)

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