getting back property is almost a mission impossible - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 15.12.12 | 01:24 (IST)

    The reason is that the property was - nationalized in 1945 by the puppet communist government sent to Warsaw from Moscow, - then redistributed among essentially random people, at first as communal property, but later around 1980 sold by the communist government to current inhabitants, - from this point on there are typically two legitimate owners of a given plot of land or a block of flats: the prewar owner and the current owner, - the only way to get back a property is through negotiations in court with a given municipality which if you are lucky may offer another plot of land in exchange, - the same rules applies to all applicants, regardless of their nationality of religion. So, this is a market for professional lawyers, who are buying the prewar property rights and then fight for years in courts for a good exchange plan. If Ms. Haber can prove this 100 000 cases, then I am sure she can find a buyer willing to pay literally billions of shekels. But most likely she can prove nothing in court, because otherwise she would not complain in Haaretz. Btw. in most cases Poles were passive observer of the extermination. There are few hundred documented incidents when Poles actively were killing their Jewish neighbours, in total few thousand killed, but it has very little to none effect how Poles perceive themselves. Do not ask me why.

    from the article: Poland is rediscovering its Jews, but landmines remain in its ties with Israel
    First published 09:33 14.12.12 | Last updated 09:33 14.12.12
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