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Apr 2005 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Insurance Claims Commission

The freephone number for claimants wishing to check the status of applications submitted to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims has changed. The new number is 00800 2525 3535. Alternatively, it is possible to call, at regular rates, to the following number in the United States to receive updates: 001 646 519 8767.

Please note that when contacting the Commission you should have available your claims reference number(s). For more information about the work of the Insurance Commission, please visit www.icheic.org

National Fund payments

Recipients of the $7,000 award from the Austrian National Fund - made throughout 2002 and 2003 - in respect of lost tenancy rights, personal possessions and valuables will receive an additional payment of €1,000 (approximately £600). The heirs of survivors, who received the original monies but have since passed away, are eligible to receive the payment in their place.

Swiss bank claims deadline

Applications for dormant Swiss bank accounts must be submitted by 13 July 2005. In January an additional list of names of owners of Swiss bank accounts was published on two designated websites: www.crt-ii.org and www.swissbankclaims.com

Austrian life certificates


To the beginning of March, the AJR has notarised 94 Austrian pension life certificates. For future reference, a piece of official identification, such as a passport or driving licence, must be presented when asking an AJR representative to legalise a certificate.

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL, by fax to 020 8385 3075, or by email to michael@ajr.org.uk. Assistance can be provided strictly by appointment at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, north London. For an appointment, please ring 020 8385 3074.
Michael Newman

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