Lithuania: World War II

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th July 2011.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the adoption by the Parliament of Lithuania of legislation on compensation for Jewish property looted during the second world war; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

I welcome the adoption by the Lithuanian Parliament on 21 June 2011 of a law which will provide compensation for communal and religious property owned by the Jewish community of Lithuania before the second world war. This compensation will support the ongoing social and cultural life of the Jewish community in Lithuania and help ensure that their historical contribution to that country and Europe is remembered. This law, signed by the Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, on 5 July 2011, approves the decision to pay 128 million Litas (approximately £32 million) in the next 10 years to compensate Jewish people for the property expropriated from them by totalitarian regimes.

The compensation will be paid during the period 2013-23 and transferred to a special fund administered by a governing body representing the Jewish community in Lithuania.

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