Conversation: Stuart Eizenstat, Holocaust Era Assets Conference

BY Arts Desk  July 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM EDT

Delegates from 50 countries just gathered in Prague to discuss the status of property looted by the Nazis during World War II, including hundreds of thousands of art works. It was a follow-up to a 1998 conference in Washington that established guidelines for nations to identify stolen works and “achieve a just and fair solution” with the Holocaust-era victims of those thefts and their heirs.

Stuart Eizenstat organized that 1998 conference as an Undersecretary of State in the Clinton administration and has just returned from the Prague gathering, where he led the U.S. delegation. His book on this subject is called ‘Imperfect Justice.’