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Putting the World Jewish Congress on Notice

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There is no question to any right minded individual that the Holocaust was the defining moment of the 20th century. The nightmarish horrors, the sadistic atrocities and the unspeakable genocide that we witnessed will be seared into our collective memory banks; ad infinitum.

Having said that, nothing could ever squelch the images of our antecedents and nothing is more precious to us than the manifold lessons they imbued within us.  What we are compelled to confront is the recurring issue of asserting our rights of rectification for past Nazi thefts and other matters pertaining to grand larceny of Jewish owned property.

Every few months, it appears that either a European art museum suddenly discovers that the trail of one of their more costly paintings leads back to Jewish provenance or that the painting in question had been stolen by Nazis and passed through a number of hands.

Just recently,  Vienna’s Leopold Museum said it had reached a settlement over five Nazi-looted works of art in its collection that will return two of them to the heir of their original Jewish owner, a victim of the Holocaust.

The question that naturally comes to mind is: If this museum has just now – 70 plus years after the end of World War II – reached a settlement over Nazi looted works of art, how many other museums may have rare and totally authentic artwork that once donned the walls of Jewish domiciles throughout Europe.

The time is long overdue for such organizations as the World Jewish Congress and others that have taken the lead on this issue, to create a database of every single piece of artwork from the masters that were originally owned by Jews and stolen by Nazis.

The time is long overdue to pursue these matters doggedly throughout the length and breadth of the world until justice has been served.

While the restoration of the paintings to the heirs of those who once owned them can never detract from the value of the lives of these art owners, the completion of this task teaches the world invaluable lessons for the future.  A people; once downtrodden and oppressed who saw their nation eviscerated in but a flash of history has risen up from the ashes of Auschwitz and has exclaimed, “Never Again!” We will pursue this issue for ten or twenty more generations if need be. The miscreants of the world are those who rise up to destroy us in every generation. They must be made aware in no uncertain terms that should they ever entertain a similar notion of eradicating the Jewish nation, they took will be hunted down until the end of days.

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