Because today is Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day ), I want to update everyone about the class action my colleagues and I have been prosecuting against Hungary on behalf of survivors of the Hungarian Holocaust and their families in Washington, DC federal court for a decade.
The case is entitled “Rosalie Simon et al. v. Republic of Hungary et al”
It seeks damages (which Hungary estimated at $75 billion in current dollars) for the expropriation by Hungary of Jewish movable property during the years 1941-1945.
The case is pending simultaneously in the United States Supreme Court and now for the third time in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Both appeals have been brought by Hungary after preliminary victories in favor of the Survivors in the lower courts.
I mention this today to emphasize that the struggle for justice for the crimes committed during the Shoah continues.
Hungary has never been brought to justice for its crimes against the Jewish People. That is what our case is about; and other thing. I
n the 75 years since the end of World War II people all over the world have forgotten or are simply ignorant about the Shoah. Many analogize the Holocaust and the crimes committed by the Nazis and their allies, like Hungary, to current political issues and events.
This is wrong.
Our case is an important vehicle for helping to educate the world about the enormity of the Holocaust, its true significance and its place in the history of humankind.