The current situation
The collapse of the totalitarian communist system of the Eastern Block countries
in 1989/1990 has created a new situation for all displaced persons, their organizations,
and all those involved in the matters of the expulsion territories. The main question
of returning to ones home, and especially the return of the property ownership to
the rightful owners, has up to now been left unresolved by the German government.
The current German administration even openly declines to represent the rights of
the displaced persons to their property; while, this right is actually being granted
by public international law. In this situation, the German administration can, perhaps,
be forced by legal and political means to represent rightful owner's rights. Some
organizations of displaced persons are currently pursuing just that. But this pursuit
may have a long way to go; and, in the meantime claims may become infeasible, i.e.,
because deceased leave no heirs or the details have not been communicated sufficiently
to the heirs. Claims may also become unmanageable in tangled communities of heirs.