Press release: Nationwide protests against U.S. law 115-171 (ACT S.447)
On March 31, 2019 protests will be held in many parts of the United States against the Federal Law 115-171 (Act S.447). The protests will be held under the slogans: “Repeal Fraudulent Act S.447”, “We Say NO to the Giveaway of Heirless Property”, “Act S.447 is a Fraud” and “Act S.447 = Unconstitutional Precedent”. The protest addresses the issue of anti-Poland bias and hateful and defamatory statements by Israeli and some U.S. politicians who willfully falsify the history of World War II and outrageously accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust
On May 9, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law Act S. 447, presently known as Federal Law No. 115-171. The Act S.447 was moved through the U. S. Congress and approved in a highly objectionable way involving an unusual and highly improper procedure for such an important and controversial issue. The process “under suspension of rules” was clearly aimed
The Law refers to the recommendations of the Terezin Declaration of 2009, which contains extra-legal claims made by various Jewish organizations against 46 countries, Poland among them, regarding assets left heirless after World War II by citizens of Jewish descent, victims of the German genocide. Due to the significant size of its pre-war Jewish minority, Poland seems to be the main addressee of these claims. The law sanctions extralegal property giveaway demands against Poland by Jewish-American lobbying groups such as the World Jewish Restitution Organization
According to the existing laws and universally accepted legal tradition, all assets left heirless on the postwar territory of Poland, irrespective of the pre-war ethnicity or nationality of their owners, escheated to and became
It needs to be emphasized that heirless property claims have, in fact, already been satisfied under the so-called Luxembourg Agreement of 1952. Under the agreement, between Germany and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany (comprised of 23 Jewish organizations) and Israel, Germany assumed full responsibility for the genocide committed against the Jews of Europe and their material losses. Accordingly, between 1953 and 1965, Germany paid out billions of dollars, including 450 million DM to specifically satisfy any and all claims related to properties left heirless in all of the countries occupied by Germany during the war
A harbinger of the dishonest pressure mechanism enabled by Law 115-171 (Act S.447) was the statement made by the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the February 2019 visit to Warsaw, when he openly demanded that Poland settle the issue of the prewar Jewish property. The statement, which tried to satisfy outrageous, extralegal claims of a powerful and virulently anti-Polish, political lobby, violated the provisions of the 1960 United States-Poland treaty and indemnification agreement, in which the United States obligated itself never to “present nor espouse” any additional claims against Poland.
Concerned with this monumental threat to the United States and Poland, we appeal to the U.S. politicians and the U.S. public to reject the revisionist falsifications of history perpetrated by the,
As Americans, we are concerned with the damage to the United States constitutional order caused by Law 115-171 (Act S.447 and appeal to U.S. politicians and the American public to reject the tribal and racist logic and discriminatory provisions of the Law 115-171 (Act S.447) and to amend the law accordingly.
We call upon the media to investigate this subject matter and report objectively on the issues involved.
Committee to Protect the Katyn Monument and Other Historical Objects (New Jersey)
Polish American Strategic InitiativeZwiązek Żołnierzy Narodowych Sił Zbrojnych (Chicago, Illinois)
Polish Heritage Council of North America, Inc. (New York)
Polish American Congress of Southern California (California)