The Dutch railway has accepted a recommendation that it pay up to €50m (£45m) to relatives of thousands of people it transported to Nazi death camps during the second world war.
The heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers have spent nearly a decade trying to persuade German officials to return a collection of medieval relics valued at more than $250 million.
But they didn’t make much headway until they filed a lawsuit in an American court.
The relatives won a round last week when a federal judge ruled that Germany can be sued in the United States over claims the so-called Guelph Treasure was sold under duress in 1935.
Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz co-authored the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016, introduced in April, which would reset the statute of limitations, giving families six years to pursue claims once looted items are identified.
The broad bipartisan support was evident at Tuesday’s hearing, where the Texans’ Democratic partners, Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, also spoke of the urgent need to make it easier to pursue claims.
Romania is to fast-track claims from Holocaust survivors under an amended law on property restitution which are expected to be passed by parliament next week, legislators said on Tuesday.
Romania was an ally of Nazi Germany during World War Two until it changed sides in August 1944, and much of the property seized during the war was later nationalised under communist rule which followed.