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Marco Rubio, Tammy Baldwin Push for Justice for Holocaust Survivors

July 11, 2016 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Tammy Baldwin
Marco Rubio and Tammy Baldwin

Florida Republican Marco Rubio is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to ensure property seized by Nazi Germany and its allies during the Holocaust will be restored to families. 

Rubio teamed up with Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Senate and New Jersey Republican Chris Smith and New York Democrat Joe Crowley in the House to bring out the “Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act” on Friday. The sponsors insist the bill  “will improve efforts to assist Holocaust survivors and the families of Holocaust victims by requiring the State Department to report on the progress of certain European countries on the return of (or restitution for), wrongfully confiscated or transferred Holocaust-era assets.”

The new legislation would continue efforts from the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues of 2009 which “affirms that the protection of property rights is an essential component of a democratic society based on the rule of law and recognizes the importance of restituting or compensating Holocaust-related confiscations made during the Holocaust-era between 1933-45.” The bill would have the State Department report on how Central and Eastern European counties are complying with those efforts. 

“I am pleased to be the lead Republican sponsor of this important bipartisan legislation which, if passed, will play a critical role in ensuring that Holocaust-era property restitution is finally realized,” Rubio said as the bill was unveiled. “Seventy years after this dark chapter in human history, the restitution of Jewish communal, private and heirless property in Central and Eastern Europe, illegally confiscated by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II, remains a largely unresolved issue and a source of lasting pain for many Holocaust survivors and their heirs. American leadership in addressing this injustice is vital, which is precisely what this legislation will provide. I join Senator Baldwin in pressing for swift passage of this measure.”

“We urgently need an improved public accounting of other countries’ efforts to address Holocaust-era property restitution issues,” said Baldwin. “Tragically, we are losing survivors every day, and it is my sincere hope that this legislation, by shining a spotlight and solidifying this issue as an American foreign policy priority, will spur action in countries that are falling short of their obligations, ultimately resulting in a measure of justice for these individuals who have waited far too long.”

The bill won the support of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), J Street, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), B’nai B’rith International, HIAS refugee assistance organization, Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation in Milwaukee.

“Holocaust-era property restitution provides a measure of justice to victims and their families, and to surviving Jewish communities, for the violation of their basic human rights,” said Abraham Biderman, the co-chairman of the WJRO’s executive committee. “The JUST Act would encourage countries around the globe to live up to the existing international consensus they endorsed in 2009.”

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Too sad I was not able to interview Wiesel for my film. Jews from former USSR who survived through Holocaust and emigrated to North America share a tragic episode in the history of Europe. If you are interested in this topic, I invite you to contribute to this film in USA! www.gofundme.com/holocaust All your contributions will be highly valued!

Rubio must have become a Jewish settler after his SOUND defeat! I base my reasoning on his ability to always 'settle' on issues which are NOT a major priority to Floridians, yet he continues, this time looking for that big Miami Jewish vote!

Rubio is such a fake opportuist

"To Hell with these pandering, pontificating, "political beggars" who "come out of their caves" just prior to EVERY election cycle !!!!! Their insincerity is insulting to America's Citizens ! PULL THESE FAKERS OFF THE "GOVERNMENT MAMMARY" !!!!!!!

What an opportunist. He's pleased to be the lead republican - WTF? He's done NOTHING for Florida and suddenly he's leading the charge for lost holocaust property? Want to discuss lost property? Talk to a Native American you loser. What ? Now you get a conscious and start earning your keep? Too little too late buddy, you said last year you were done with the Senate, well Florida's been done with you since you were elected. Your good looks and memorization skills have done all they can do for ya little Rubio, get the heck outta the way and let someone who's interested in doing more than just sitting on their tail and collecting a $170K paycheck actually do some work on behalf of Florida.

How about a little compensation for Palestinian properties seized by the Israeli government?

Screw the Palestinians, and the "properties" those "tribal nomads" have no actual right too, and were not accorded to them under the "Balfour Declaration" (tell 'm to "pitch their tents" somewhere else in the Middle East and see how much their own brethern will allow them..)

It's been "done and done" ! They even make movies about it ad infinitum (the most recent one starring Helen Mirren). I indeed have "compassion", BUT NOT FOR politicians seeking (read: "begging") recognition (trying to "pull the wool" over voters' eyes) just before an election!!!

Rubio might also think about something in addition to "property" like applying lessons from the holocaust to today's extremists of all shapes and sizes.

...and "colors"

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