Apr 2007 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

The Netherlands art restitution: a reminder

Following a recommendation from the Ekkart Committee, the Dutch government has announced a revised deadline of 4 April 2007 for applications to the NK collection of artworks.

Although hundreds of works of art were returned to their rightful owners after the war, the NK collection comprises 4,217 works – including 1,750 paintings – many of which were owned by Jews prior to the Second World War but were confiscated or purchased illegally by members of the German occupying forces.

Further details about the collection and details of how to apply are available at www.herkomstgezocht.nl/eng/

Hardship Fund: an update

Towards the end of 2005, AJR members were alerted to the possibility of making an application to the Hardship Fund, which was introduced to enable Holocaust survivors who had lived in former Soviet-Bloc countries to receive compensation from the German government.

At the time of the announcement it was understood that the criteria of those eligible to claim the one-time reparation of 2,550 euros (approx. £1,700) had been expanded to include survivors who had been in Western Europe during the Second World War (former Western persecutees). In response to the announcement, we assisted some 500 members, the majority of them Austrian, to lodge applications.

The AJR was recently informed that while the applications of Western persecutees are being processed, no awards to them will be paid from the Hardship Fund at this time. The Fund will, however, continue to make payments to survivors who lived in former communist countries.

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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