Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy

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Michael J. Bazyler, Roger P. Alford
NYU Press, 2006 - History - 374 pages
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Holocaust Restitution is the first volume to present the Holocaust restitution movement directly from the viewpoints of the various parties involved in the campaigns and settlements. Now that the Holocaust restitution claims are closed, this work enjoys the benefits of hindsight to provide a definitive assessment of the movement.

From lawyers and State Department officials to survivors and heads of key institutes involved in the negotiations, the volume brings together the central players in the Holocaust restitution movement, both pro and con. The volume examines the claims against European banks and against Germany and Austria relating to forced labor, insurance claims, and looted art claims. It considers their significance, their legacy, and the moral issues involved in seeking and receiving restitution.

Contributors: Roland Bank, Michael Berenbaum, Lee Boyd, Thomas Buergenthal, Monica S. Dugot, Stuart E. Eizenstat, Eric Freedman and Richard Weisberg, Si Frumkin, Peter Hayes, Kai Henning, Roman Kent, Lawrence Kill and Linda Gerstel, Edward R. Korman, Otto Graf Lambsdorff, David A. Lash and Mitchell A. Kamin, Hannah Lessing and Fiorentina Azizi, Burt Neuborne, Owen C. Pell, Morris Ratner and Caryn Becker, Shimon Samuels, E. Randol Schoenberg, William Z. Slany, Howard N. Spiegler, Deborah Sturman, Robert A. Swift, Gideon Taylor, Lothar Ulsamer, Melvyn I. Weiss, Roger M. Witten, Sidney Zabludoff, and Arie Zuckerman.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
International Law and the Holocaust
17
The State Department Nazi Gold and the Search
30
Restitution and the Historians
43
Holocaust Litigation and Human Rights Jurisprudence
50
Administering the Holocaust
60
How Swiss Banks and German Companies Came
80
Why Wont These SOBs Give Me My Money?
92
Lens of the Holocaust Litigation
215
Austria Confronts Her Past
226
Legislative Judicial
239
Excellent Concept but Inept Implementation
260
New York States
271
The U S Governments Role
280
Whose Art Is It Anyway?
288
The Unfinished Business of the Unfinished Business
297

A Litigators Postscript to the Swiss Banks and Holocaust
103
The French HolocaustEra Claims Process
135
The French Bank Holocaust Settlement
145
Holocaust Restitution and
152
Where Morality Meets Money
163
The Negotiations on Compensation for Nazi
170
An
181
A Dissent from
197
A Survivors Perspective
205
Holocaust Restitution and Forgotten
315
An Israeli
322
The Defense Perspective
331
Have They
345
About the Contributors
357
Index
363
About the Editors
374
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Michael J. Bazyler is Professor of Law and The "1939" Society Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University.

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