"The Hungarian experience may be described as a total and concerted effort by successive governments to keep the looted art in their museums," Agnes Peresztegi, a lawyer with the Commission for Art Recovery, told attendees of the Prague conference, "even if it requires that the museums conceal or destroy archival evidence or deliberately lengthen negotiations - effectively delaying legal actions that would be filed against the state."To address these obstacles, the declaration in Prague calls for the establishment of a Holocaust institute in Terezin, where the concentration camp was located. The institute would study "best practices" in compensation, restitution, looted art research, Holocaust education, care for Holocaust survivors and combating anti-Semitism."In Britain, we are subject to so many European Union directives," she said, "Why can't there be one on this?"
Is This Really the Last Chance for Holocaust Restitution? Dinah Spritzer Jewish Exponent; Jul 9, 2009; 226, 16; Docstoc pg. 14 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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