A group of US senators have known as on Polish President Andrzej Duda to stymie the passage of a extremely controversial bill which would forestall residence restitution, or compensation, for men and women whose home was confiscated by the Polish Communist regime after the 2nd Environment War, including Holocaust survivors.

In complete, 12 senators signed a bipartisan letter to Duda, expressing their “grave concerns” above the laws and asked for that he “press for the withdrawal of this bill from the Polish Senate” and veto it if it is accredited.

The exertion was led by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Lankford (R-Ok), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and was signed by other critical senators including Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

“There is no greater way for Poland to demonstrate its clear opposition to the crimes committed by Nazi Germany and the Soviet-backed Polish govt,” wrote the senators.

“To do so would also make certain that Poland honors its obligations below the 2009 Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Property and Associated Challenges to help nationwide legislation to enable Holocaust survivors reclaim their assets.”

The Senators wrote that “Countless Poles, the two Jewish and non-Jewish, suffered in the course of this dim and tragic period of time of record, and the households of these victims ought to be in a position to look for redress.”

On June 24, the law was handed by the Sejm, the decrease dwelling of the Polish parliament, after scant discussion, and despatched to the Senate for approval, sparking a diplomatic incident with Israel after Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemned the laws as “immoral.”

The legislation is established for a vote in the Senate on Thursday. It is probable that the Senate will make amendments to the invoice, in which situation it would then be returned to the lessen dwelling for a new vote.

Gideon Taylor, Chair of Functions for the Entire world Jewish Restitution Business (WJRO) mentioned the senators’ letter “clearly demonstrates that the US Senate cares deeply about the legal rights of Holocaust survivors and other rightful house proprietors who have waited yrs for a evaluate of justice for property that was wrongfully confiscated by the Polish Communist regime after the finish of the war. “

Taylor exclusively thanked senators Baldwin, Rubio, Lankford, and Rosen for leading the effort and “all of the Senators for pressing for urgent motion.”

Throughout a committee hearing in the Polish Senate earlier this thirty day period on the invoice, Polish Main Rabbi Michael Schudrich explained to the Senate that it was Poland’s ethical responsibility to provide compensation of some kind to anyone whose residence was confiscated, Jew or non-Jew, by the Polish Communist government.

“One of the 10 Commandments is ‘Thou shall not steal,’ Schudrich explained to the committee.

“This residence was stolen twice, after by the Germans when they occupied the nation and the second time by the Communists following the war. The current Polish authorities is a successor to the Communist 1, albeit really different… There is a ethical responsibility to compensate in some way another person whose property was stolen, and it is the ethical accountability of the federal government to recognize the injustice that took place.”