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Lithuania began dealing with issue of compensation of Jewish properties

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius, 27.07.2012.Print version
The Jewish holocaust presents itself with an opportunity for Lithuanian political establishment to be on the vanguard of redressing the horrible genocide of the past, The Lithuania Tribune reports.

Simas Levinas, Director of a fund for the compensation of Jewish communal properties, recently explained that the number of surviving Jews from the Lithuanian holocaust could be between 1,000 and 2,000 people. These numbers are eligible for government compensation and total those living in Lithuania but also abroad, writes LETA/ELTA.


The director argues that once the final data is managed, there will be approximately three million litas available for the survivors.


Payment of compensations will be initiated after having the complete statistics on the number of those eligible for compensation.


The compensation will be paid to about 1,000 persons of Jewish nationality who lived in Lithuania during World War II and survived totalitarian Soviet and Nazi regimes.


More than 90 percent of Lithuania's pre-war Jewish community of about 200,000 was annihilated by the Nazis and their local collaborators during World War II. Around 5,000 Jewish people live in Lithuania, according to the Jewish Community of Lithuania.

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