Lee Hadden writes "There is an interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal (Dec.
9, 2003). "Berlin's Bitter Land Dispute: New Library May Further Test
Family's Fight for Prime Plots."
A bitter battle over prime Berlin real estate taken from a
prominent Jewish family during the Holocaust may be coming to a head now
that the German government has given up its claims to the land. The easing
of tensions, however, will be tested this week by the opening of a new
governmental library built on one piece of the land.
The case involves about 15 acres in the heart of Berlin, now valued
at hundreds of millions of dollars, whose ownership came into question
after German unification in 1990.
Read more about it at: wsj.com (subscription required), or through many
other library services, such as ProQuest."