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Jewish Gold and other Precious Metals, Precious Stones and Objects made of such Materials - Situation in the Czech Lands in the years 1939 to 1945

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By Resolution 773 of 25 November 1998 the Czech government established a Commission, or Joint Working Committee, to address the issue of mitigation of property injustices caused to victims of the Holocaust. The main tasks of the Commission were to gather as much information and documentation as possible of Jewish property confiscated by the Nazi occupation authorities, including the management of this property after 1945. The Commission was also tasked with preparing draft legislation to mitigate the property injustices caused to victims of the Holocaust.

Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Legislative Council. Pavel Rychetský, was appointed Chairman of the Government Commission. Commission members included representatives of the Government, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the President of the Republic, the Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre, the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic [Tomas Kraus], a representative of the American Jewish Committee [Andy Baker] and representatives of the World Jewish Restitution Organization.

The first session of the Commission led to the creation of three working sections of the Commission, with the following foci:

The Commission also established three expert teams to address the issue of the aryanisation and confiscation of artworks, to create an inventory of immovable property and the fate of precious metals.

Selected results of the Commission's work:

The Report is available here in English.

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