Europe

Database helps Holocaust survivors reclaim Warsaw property

A Jewish organization has launched a database aimed at helping more than 2,000 Holocaust survivors or their heirs regain property lost in Warsaw due to World War II and communism.

These survivors and their families now face a last chance to get some restitution due to a new Polish law that leaves them only six months to file claims after the properties are listed publicly in a newspaper, something expected to happen soon.

The database was created by the World Jewish Restitution Organization and goes online this week.

Gideon Taylor, the organization's chair of operations, told The Associated Press that there is now "a very limited opportunity for some kind of justice for people who suffered so much."

He added: "The clock is ticking. Time is against us."