Restitution, But At What Price?

As Holocaust cases mount, some worry that history's greatest horror is being cheapened

Bernard Lieberman was reared a child of privilege in a small town outside Lodz, Poland. He was one of nine children in an Orthodox Jewish family that lived largely off the money of affluent relatives and regularly opened up its home to poor neighbors. But that comfortable life swiftly ended on Sept. 1, 1939, when the Nazis stormed into Poland. Only 19, Bernard was soon separated from his siblings and transported from camp to camp, doing time in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Bernard (who later changed his last name from Lieberman to Lee) made it out of the war alive, but he lost his...

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