Almost 1,000 Jews ask for compensation for expropriated property in Lithuania

Nearly 1,000 Jews are asking for compensation for property illegally expropriated in Lithuania in the last century.

The Good Will Foundation has received 951 applications for monetary compensation for real estate, except for land, illegally expropriated during the totalitarian occupations.

“The applications are currently being assessed,” the foundation told BNS.

According to the foundation, the evaluation consists of three stages: first, the administrative eligibility of the applications is checked, then the applications are discussed by the Restitution Committee, and finally, a decision is taken by the Board of the Good Will Foundation.

“The plan is to complete the assessment of the administrative eligibility of the applications, as well as the assessment of the applications in the Restitution Committee, by November 1, and then to forward the applications to the Board of the Foundation for a final decision,” Indrė Rutkauskaitė, the foundation’s Acting Director, said in the comment.

In 2023, Lithuania completed the payment of 37 million euros for the expropriated property of Jewish religious communities.

Around 90 percent of Lithuania’s pre-war Jewish population of about 208,000 was killed by Nazis and local collaborators between 1941 and 1944.


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