Suit Seeks U.S. Restitution for Property Taken From Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust

Victims of the holocaust have pursued legal efforts for years to obtain restitution from foreign governments and private companies for the injuries they caused or the property they stole from Jews and others throughout Europe during World War II.

In a unique twist, however, the latest claim�a class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of Hungarian Jews�names the United States as defendant.

In Rosner v. United States, No. 01-1859 (Oct. 31, 2003), the plaintiffs contend that members of the U.S. Army looted the prized possessions of Hungarian Holocaust survivors at the end of the war, and that the government covered up the thefts for more than half a century.

The suit was originally filed in 2001, but this is the first I recall reading about it. Details are here from the ABA Journal.