As painful as it may sometimes be, we must not sweep these issues under the rug of embarrassment, silence and indifference,
We must be frank. It was American lawyers and the lawsuits they brought in U.S. courts who placed the long-forgotten wrongs by German companies during the Nazi era on the international agenda.
From now on, the sale, purchase, exchange and display of art from this period will be addressed with greater sensitivity and a higher international standard of responsibility,
It's better to take a little more time and do it right,
They want all cases dismissed -- state and federal cases -- and that will take time,
We have in our negotiations today achieved a breakthrough which we hope will lead to meaningful reform in these discriminatory practices,
The Russia delegation, in effect, opened a new chapter in restitution. I am confident that some of the greatest collections in the world will be returned to their rightful owners and a vast storehouse of information about other works will open up.
The art world will never be the same in the way it deals with Nazi-confiscated art.
Swiss banks have taken a number of steps to redress past mistakes and provide assistance to Holocaust survivors.
We leveraged our relationship with private banks and reached out to Internet service providers to create a low-cost Web site that will enable users to register once and subsequently transact with the government.
We leveraged our relationship with private banks and reached out to Internet service providers to create a low-cost Web site that will enable users to register once and subsequently transact with the government,
The cumulative trade of the World War II European neutral countries helped to sustain the Nazi war effort by supplying key materials to Germany essential to their conduct of the war,
There is great concern because the survivors are passing away at a rate of 1 percent a month and we all feel a sense of urgency,
While most countries in the region recognize their obligation to return confiscated property, there remains in some countries a lukewarm commitment to completing quickly the work at hand,
What they want is a substantial degree of comfort, ... We're working on trying to provide a necessary degree of comfort.
This was an effort in progress for months before the Bank of New York hit the news, ... This is a much broader issue than Russia.
In many cases well past the point where, from the Allied perspective at the time, there was a genuine threat of German attack,
This agreement does not end moral responsibility for the Holocaust. Nothing can erase the memory of those who died or the culture and potential achievements lost or the suffering of those who survived.
We are closer to an agreement than we were before and both sides have shown flexibility, ... critical stage.
This is a major achievement which will reverberate through our museums, galleries, auction houses and in the homes and hearts of those families who may now have the chance to have returned what is rightfully theirs.