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Sunday, March 06, 2005

Jews Get Justice

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This is good news to hear.

The German Administrative Court awarded $17 million to Barbara Principe and her nephew, Martin Wortham. They are the main surviving heirs of a family of German Jews that, until World War II, owned and operated the Wertheim department store chain, which even today is to Berlin what Macy's or Bloomingdale's is to New York.

After what their family went through in the Holocaust money certainly can not repay, but it is good to see some form of compensation be rewarded to the surviving heirs for lands stolen by Nazi's during Hitler's reign.

The family has been fighting for years to get reparations from the land that was stolen from them. It it appears though that a large department store called KarstadtQuelle, which currently owns the land, claims that they are "the legitimate successor company to Wertheim" lands in East Germany and they should retain current rights over it. Fortunately though that claim was thrown out (as it is ridiculous to justify land as "yours" when it was stolen in the first place).
"This case is as much about morality as it is about legality," said Gideon Taylor, executive vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which filed suit on behalf of the Wertheim heirs 13 years ago. "We hope now that this will lead to the quick resolution of the remaining Wertheim claims, and we hope that Karstadt will stop standing in the way of a just resolution of a historical injustice."

I look forward towards a quick resolution as well. Hopefully KarstadtQuelle will realize that the land belongs to the family and that it can be returned or financial compensation can be granted towards them in exchange.

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