Plunder and Restitution

Peter Hayes

in The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199211869
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Plunder and Restitution

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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

Article.  9208 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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