Skip to comments.Appeals arguments heard in Holocaust lawsuit against Hungary
Posted on 01/16/2012 2:30:01 PM PST by Ravnagora
Holocaust survivors Magda Brown and Paul Fischer leave Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / January 11, 2012)
Until late in Wednesday's hearing, it took a little effort to keep in mind the issue at hand concerned nearly 500,000 human beings who had been herded into cattle cars and sent to Auschwitz.
The judges and lawyers in the federal courtroom batted around bloodless abstractions like "sovereign immunity" and "personal jurisdiction."
But it doesn't take much to awaken memories of what lawyers call "the facts situation" of the lawsuit for Paul Fischer, one of the Holocaust survivors trying to recover property confiscated by the Hungarian national railroad and Hungarian banks when Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps in 1944.
Fischer remembers flying to Frankfurt, Germany, for an industrial trade show years after World War II and waiting for public transport into the city.
"I saw the train approach, and I again heard 'Achtung! Achtung!' Voices of the guards shoving us into the cars," he said after the hearing.
On Wednesday, a panel of three judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit was hearing an appeal from defendants in a case still under trial. The appellate court's decision for which no time frame was given will determine whether the U.S. District Court trial will resume.
Lawyers representing the Hungarian State Railways and the country's banks argued that if the trial were allowed to proceed, their clients stand to "suffer irreparable harm."
The arguments in court were hard to grasp for Magda Brown, another Auschwitz survivor. "I couldn't understand much of the legal dialogue," Brown said. "I'm here simply because I believe that 'Never Again,' should mean 'Never Again.'"
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Being behind to Iron Curtain after the war doomed the chances that Jews would reclaim their property, since the Communists nationalized everything.
Previously stripped of their property by Adolf Eichman and his young helper:
George Soros does not hide it. According to his own admission, those where the happiest days of his life.
If Holocaust survivors want justice, they should sue ex-Nazi George Soros before he kicks the bucket. No sovereign immunity involved.