Lithuania wont repay for land seized during war

Lithuania will not amend a plan to compensate the loss of Jewish property seized during World War II, despite criticism from Jewish organizations that it fails to repay the properties’ full value, the Baltic state’s justice minister said this week.

“It is very hard, if not impossible, to restore all property rights after more than half a century, a war and two occupations,” said the minister, Remigijus Simasius.

According to the ministry’s plan, which still needs parliamentary approval, Lithuania will pay $53 million to Lithuania’s 5,000-strong Jewish community. Part of the payment will include the return of two buildings, though most of compensation will comprise cash payments.