Jewish groups on Wednesday urged ex-communist European states to return, or provide compensation for, assets seized from Holocaust victims estimated to be worth billions of dollars.
Despite progress made since the fall of Communism, "there remains an urgent need to help... Holocaust victims and their heirs whose property claims remain
unsatisfied," Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), said in Prague.
He singled out Latvia, Poland and Romania, as foot draggers and said the WJRO -- which includes several Jewish groups -- was "appalled that the
government in Warsaw now adamantly refuses to offer any legislative gestures to address languishing private property claims."