Rothschild family heirs take their property claim to the European Court of Human Rights

The heirs of the Rothschild family have filed a complaint against the Czech Republic with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over their rejected claim to the Šilheřovice family estate in the Opava region. According to the Rothschilds, the Czech Republic violated the European Convention on Human Rights by repeatedly rejecting their claim to the estate, which was first confiscated by the Nazis and later by the Communists. In January of this year the lower-instance verdicts were upheld by the Constitutional Court. The main reason cited was that the widow of the last property owner did not fully apply her right to seek her ownership right after 1945, which the legal order made possible.