November 29, 1996 |
Lost property in Eastern Europe extends beyond the crimes committed against Jews during World War II. Hundreds of thousands of properties belonging to non-Jews were taken during the 1940s and 1950s by Communist rulers who opposed most forms of private ownership. Since the democratic changes of 1989, struggles to get back confiscated real estate have met with mixed results. The Czech and Slovak republics moved quickly to return thousands of homes and businesses.