Jewish groups struggle for restitution
PRAGUE (AP) -- Jewish groups at a meeting in Prague have urged countries in Eastern Europe to compensate Jews dispossessed of property during the Holocaust before it's too late.
The demands for restitution came Wednesday at the end of a two-day international conference aimed at reviewing recent restitution efforts.
It's an issue that many countries in the region have still failed to resolve. After the Nazis invaded large parts of central and eastern Europe during World War II, they confiscated Jewish homes, factories and other property. After the war, much of that property was nationalized by communist governments.
But even 23 years after the fall of communism, several countries -- including Poland, Latvia and Romania -- have not yet compensated Holocaust victims or their heirs.