Lithuanian PM proposes £32million in compensation to Holocaust victims 

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Lithuanian PM proposes £32million in compensation to Holocaust victims 

90 percent of the 220,000 Jews in Lithuania were killed by Nazis and collaborates during the war. About 5,000 Jews currently live there.

Vilnius, Lithuania - September 15, 2015: Photos discovered on the ruins of Vilnius jewish ghetto displayed in windows of a former ghetto House of cult.
Vilnius, Lithuania - September 15, 2015: Photos discovered on the ruins of Vilnius jewish ghetto displayed in windows of a former ghetto House of cult.

The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) welcomed a law proposal by the Lithuanian Prime Minister that would provide £32 million in compensation to Holocaust victims. 

Parts of the funds proposed by Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė would also be earmarked for the Lithuanian Good Will Foundation, which was established in 2011 by the Foundation for Lithuanian Jewish Heritage.

WJRO issued a statement saying the funds would have a “significant impact on strengthening and supporting Jewish communal life in Lithuania and addressing the welfare needs of the elderly, even though it may only be a fraction of the value of prewar Jewish property.”

“It also sets Lithuania apart from most other countries in the region that have yet to take any measure with respect to heirless property,” it added.

During World War II, the Nazis and local collaborators killed over 90% of the 220,000 Jews in Lithuania. About 5,000 Jews currently live there.

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