New Research Reveals Significant Gaps in Holocaust Restitution

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Law professor Michael Bazyler
uses court decisions to teach about Holocaust issues.

Recent research by a team led by Chapman University law professor Michael Bazyler reveals that a significant amount of property stolen during the Holocaust has yet to be returned to its rightful owners. The study is one of the most comprehensive of its kind examining legislation passed by the 47 endorsing states of the 2009 Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues. It was commissioned by the European Shoah Legacy Institute and highlights unresolved issues around private and communal property illegitimately seized from Holocaust victims. Estimates are that almost half of the 500,000 Holocaust survivors alive today live in poverty.

Bazyler, JD, 1939 Society Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at Chapman’s Fowler School of Law, is a leading authority on the use of American and European courts to redress genocide. His most recent book is “Law and the Holocaust: U.S. Cases and Materials,” which uses federal and state court decisions to teach students about Holocaust issues. His 2016 work “Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law” won the National Jewish Book Award.

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