Monday, August 10, 2009

Nazi Looted Art in U.S. Museums: Amb. Stuart Eizenstat's Call for a US Commission

Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lead a delegation to the Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets. Eizenstat was the principle architect of the 1999 Washington Conference on the same topic. He authored the book Imperfect Justice and has been instrumental in achieving international solutions that afford restitution to Holocaust victims.
In the PBS video linked to below, Eizenstat calls for the U.S. to create a commission of experts to rule on ownership issues and decries U.S. museums that are asserting "technical defenses" such as statutes of limitations against Holocaust victims and their heirs.
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For the full text of what came out of the Prague Conference, known as the Terezin Declaration, click here.

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