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The difficult Path to Compensation of Holocaust Victims


The Difficult Path to Compensation of Holocaust Victims
and Other Nazi Victims in Central and Eastern Europe

Dr. Jiří Šitler and Prof. Felix Kolmer

Until the year 2000, most Holocaust survivors and other Nazi victims from Central and Eastern Europe did not have access to compensation programs from Germany, unlike victims who lived in Western Europe, the United States, and Israel. The reason was the so-called Hallstein Doctrine,which excluded any payments, including those to Nazi victims, into countries without diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).
This doctrine was maintained not only after establishment of diplomatic relations in 1970s,
but even long after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. At the same time, survivors in Central and Eastern Europe were affected by injustices inherited from the communist era. The lecture will describe the long path to compensation of Jewish survivors and other Nazi victims in the region.

Dr. Jiří Šitler is the Czech ambassador to Sweden and a historian. Prof. Felix Kolmer is a Vice-President of the International Auschwitz Committee, Holocaust survivor and a well-known researcher. They were both involved in the process of compensation negotiations.

Dr. Jiří Šitler is a Czech diplomat and historian, and has been Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Stockholm since February 2016. He has dealt with World War II-related issues since the 1990s, having served in such offices as press and foreign policy advisor to President Václav Havel (1993–1997), head of the Czech delegation at the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets, observer in the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, Ambassador-at-Large for World War II – related issues, and chief negotiator for compensation of Czech Nazi victims. Šitler is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the German Federal Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”. He is also the author or co-author of numerous essays, articles and books, especially on Czech-German relations,

Prof. Felix Kolmer was born in Prague in 1922 and deported to Terezín at the age of 19. He was detainee in Auschwitz and Friedland (branch camp of Gross-Rosen). After his liberation he studied and became a professor of physics. He is worldwide research and lectures (in acoustics); He is the president of the Terezín Initiative, member of the Jewish Community in Prague; He has been working continuously for the compensation of hard labor survivors and camp detainees and he has taught numerous lectures for school classes and groups of young people throughout Europe.

Torsdag 15 juni kl. 18:00 – 19:00
Var: Paideia, Nybrogatan 19A.

Föreläsningen ges på engelska.
A small reception will follow the lecture and Czech beer will be served thanks to a generous offer from the Czech Embassy.



Obligatorisk föranmälan till: info@paideia-eu.org   senast måndag 12 juni.