Holocaust-Related Legislation of the 105th Congress

Over 30 bills and resolutions related in some way to the Nazi-era Holocaust were introduced in the 105th Congress. Five of these were enacted or adopted: S. 1564 ( P.L. 105-158 ), the Holocaust Victims Redress Act, authorizes $25 million for Holocaust survivors and $5 million for archival research on Holocaust-era issues. It also urges the 15 European states receiving gold from the final disbursement of the Tripartite Gold Commission to donate those proceeds to Holocaust-related charities. S. 1900 ( P.L. 105-186 ), establishes the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. S. 1379 ( P.L. 105-246 ), the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, amends the Freedom of Information Act to facilitate access to U.S. government records concerning Nazi war crimes. H.R. 4193 / S. 2237 / H.R. 4328 ( P.L. 105-277 ), the Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, includes funding for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. H.Res. 557 , a House Resolution, expresses support for U. S. government efforts to identify Holocaust-era assets and urges the restitution of individual and communal property by Central and East European governments. Among the pieces of legislation that were not adopted were H.R. 3121 and H.R. 3143 , which addressed issues of Holocaust victims' claims against European insurance companies. H.R. 4138 dealt with stolen art works, including those looted during the Holocaust. H.R. 4563 sought to amend the Internal Revenue Code to exclude income received for settlement of claims of Holocaust victims. These or similar bills may be introduced in the 106th Congress in 1999.