Aug 2003 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Dachau Book of Remembrance

The organisers of 'The Book of Remembrance' project, founded in 1999 by private initiative, wish to set a symbol of remembrance for those who suffered in the camp at Dachau, Germany's first concentration camp (established 22 March 1933). It is an attempt to 'put faces and names on the anonymous masses who suffered under the Third Reich'.

The rapidly growing collection comprises separate testimonies describing ex-inmates' experiences of their time at Dachau as well as their lives before and after. The project will be kept in the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial grounds. The long-term aim is to collate eyewitness testimonies of 'life in Dachau' in the native language of the former inmate and to publish them in one volume.

Survivors of the camp or those familiar with survivors' experiences at Dachau who would like to provide an account in the form of a biography are asked to contact project leader Sabine Gerhardus at Fernpaßstrasse 42, D-81373 Munich. The telephone number is 00 49 89 760 9174, and she can be reached on email at info@gedaechtnisbuch.de. Further information about the project is available on the website www.gedaechtnisbuch.de.

Slovak Compensation Fund - deadline approaching

A SKK 850 million (approximately £13.5m) fund has been established by the government of the Slovak Republic to provide compensation to Holocaust victims and to 'finance projects concerning the social and cultural needs of the Jewish community in Slovakia'.

Application forms and further information are available by contacting the Council at: Kancelaria Rady, P.O. Box 115, 820 05 Bratislava 25, Slovak Republic. The Council's website is www.holocaustslovakia.sk and they can be reached by email at kancrada@stonline.sk.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2003.

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL. Assistance can be provided strictly by appointment at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, north London. Please call 020 8202 9844.
Michael Newman and David Brummer

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