Two Rounds of Postwar Restitution and Dignity Restoration in the Netherlands and in France

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The looting and systematic deprivation of the property rights of the Jewish population in the Netherlands and France during the years of occupation brought about a deprivation of dignity, since these measures were intended to hit these people in their capacities as legal subjects, destroying their abilities to take part in economic and social life. In the immediate postwar period, the restitution of property rights in both countries was closely connected and limited to an abstract conception of dignity restoration, understood as the renewed recognition of the dispossessed owners as free and equal citizen before the law. In the late 1990s, a new phase in the restoration of property rights took place on a much more collective and political level. In this second round of restitution, dignity restoration was directly connected with an explicit recognition of the particular, concrete suffering of the groups of victims involved.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10.1111/lsi.12212
Pages (from-to)956
Number of pages972
JournalLaw & Social Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2016


  • Transitional Justice, Restorative Justice, Second World War, Restitution of Property, France, Reparations, Netherlands, and Fundamental Rights, Human Dignity


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