CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has upheld the dismissal of lawsuits accusing Hungary’s national bank and railway of stealing cash, art and other assets from Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.
In its Friday ruling, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago agrees with a lower court that the plaintiffs had to first exhaust potential remedies in Hungary before they could sue in the U.S.
More than 500,000 Hungarian Jews died, many after being sent by train to Nazi concentration camps outside Hungary. Court filings say some victims were forced to purchase tickets on Hungarian trains that carried them to their deaths.
Survivors and heirs filed lawsuits in federal court in Chicago in 2010 because they said they had no confidence Hungarian courts would give them fair hearings.