Apr 2006 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Ghetto pension

Changes to German social security legislation now enable Holocaust survivors who apply for a pension in respect of work done in Nazi-occupied ghettos during the Second World War to be backdated to 1997, provided applications are submitted before 30 June 2006.

The ZRGB (German acronym for ghetto pension law) is paid to inmates of ghettos who worked for some form of remuneration whether in the form of ghetto money, food rations, clothing or shelter.

To follow up applications already submitted or to submit new claims, write to Deutsche Rentenversicherung Nord Standort Hamburg, Friedrich-Ebert-Damm 245, 22159 Hamburg, Germany. Application forms are available from this office.

Article II Fund

Following negotiations with the German government, the Claims Conference has announced new eligibility criteria for the Article II Fund, a compensation programme provided for in the German Unification Treaty of October 1990.

The Fund provides monthly payments of €270 (approx. £185) for survivors of Nazism who meet the strict eligibility criteria, which include having been interned for a minimum of six months in a concentration camp or having been imprisoned for at least 18 months in a ghetto as defined by the German government.

Also entitled are survivors who were in hiding for at least 18 months or those who lived illegally under a false identity or with false papers for a minimum of 18 months.

Application forms are available from this office and further details concerning the Article II Fund can be found at www.claimscon.org.

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 mnewman@ajr.org.uk.
Michael Newman

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