• awolfawolf

    I am fully sympathetic with the grievance of Mr. Evron and other Holocaust survivors and heirs, concerning their property confiscated in Poland. Yet, I believe, in part the thrust of their grievance is misdirected. I refer to the process of recovery.

    When it comes to immovable property in Poland, the confiscations by the Nazis are not that relevant, because they were driven out by the Red Army, and their decrees of confiscation were quickly voided by the post-war Polish government.

    It is the subsequent Communist confiscations (yes plural, and several types) that matter the most — because they remain in force.

    But they were NOT uniformly applied in Poland. Some of them concerned “abandoned” property and this, yes, in general affects Jewish owners more than non-Jews. And Polish courts often take this into account.

    Secondly, often the communist confiscations were carried out in such sloppy way (lack of due notice, etc.) that they can be reversed, resulting in recovery of the property for owners or heirs.

    We (Alex Wolf & Associates LLC) have recovered properties for former owners in Poland
    and have developed an approach for recovery based primarily on contingent fees.

    The key element in our approach is research that has to be done for each property, on location (in Poland) and also via detailed interviews of claimants, and review of their family documents, concerning succession as much as property. We do this work partly in North America and partly in Poland.

    See our informative website at http://www.PolandPropertyRecovery.com

    Our research uncovers missing or lost documents required in recovery cases (and related succession cases) by Polish administrative tribunals and courts. Quite often they can be located in Poland — when one knows where to look, and how to read in Polish, German and Russian. For instance, pre-WWI birth and marriage certificates in much of present Poland were issued in Russian. At the time, this part of Poland was in the Russian Empire.

    Sometimes we uncover documents that are useful to claims which we cannot prosecute directly, but which will support claims under Project HEART. These include, for instance, claims too small for contingent arrangements and claims that should not be directed towards Poland but towards Germany, such as claims based on the operation of the family’s sawmill or a flower-mill by the German occupation forces.

    No doubt, many readers have filed property and business related claims under Project HEART. But have they properly supported them with documents?

    Finally, for reasons explained on our website, the best option, when feasible, is a direct recovery and sale of the property.

    You can call me (Alex Wolf) for for free consultation at 302-351-6200.