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date: 22 October 2020

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Massive theft, a key aspect of the Holocaust itself, was among the most widespread offenses committed by Hitler's regime and its collaborators, and ever since World War II ended, international negotiations and legal proceedings have generated a halting and incomplete process of compensating or restituting the losses of successive categories of Holocaust victims. This article surveys the methods and extent of the Nazi plunder from Jews and the reasons why recovering it or obtaining recompense has been so drawn out and, in the end, only partially successful. It concludes that the quest for ‘justice’ in this sphere was flawed in a number of respects, but was as necessary as it was impossible.

Keywords: Holocaust, theft, Nazi plunder, Jews, recompense, justice

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