US hits Poland, others in Europe over Holocaust claims
By MATTHEW LEE
July 29, 2020 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is criticizing a number of eastern and central European nations, including Poland, for failing to compensate Holocaust victims and their families and communities for property seized during Nazi occupation in World War II as the numbers of survivors dwindles due to age.
In a report issued Wednesday [July 29], the State Department called out Bosnia, Belarus, Ukraine and particularly Poland for not having acted on restitution claims. Croatia, Latvia and Russia were also taken to task in the report, which is likely to draw angry responses from the governments identified.
“Much time has passed, and the need for action is urgent,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a forward to the 200-page report that looks at the records of 46 countries in meeting commitments they made to restitution in 2009.
The report had been due for release in March but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and concerns it could fuel anti-Semitism during the economic turn-down caused by the outbreak. Its release after a four-month delay comes as the Trump administration has been loathe to pick fights with conservative European governments it is seeking support from in other areas.
“As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, the legacy of the Nazis’ mass looting remains in too many places and largely unaddressed,” he said. “Given the advanced age of Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in poverty, the findings of this report serve as a reminder that countries must act with a greater sense of urgency to provide restitution or compensation for the property wrongfully seized from victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi persecution.”
The report cited “bureaucratic inertia” for much of the problem that has persisted for generations and in some cases been exacerbated by a rise in anti-Semitic sentiment throughout Europe.
See if you can spot the logical flaw here:
“Much time has passed, and the need for action is urgent,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
The report [...] was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and concerns it could fuel anti-Semitism
Does the US government postpone releasing other reports for fear it could "fuel anti-[insert group] feeling"?
Here is an alternative idea: Refrain from bullying countries to pay Holocaust Tribute. That would be a good way to make sure no anti-Semitism get fueled. Why not do that? But we cannot do that. Bullying countries to make Holocaust Tribute payments and crush Anti-Semitism appear to be US State Department priorities today.