Aug 2010 Journal

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Claims News

Terezin Declaration
At the end of May in Prague, 43 nations adopted a set of ‘Guidelines and Best Practices for the Restitution and Compensation of Immovable (Real) Property Confiscated or Otherwise Wrongfully Seized by the Nazis, Fascists and Their Collaborators during the Holocaust (Shoah) Era between 1933-1945, Including the Period of World War II’.

The guidelines can be read in full on the AJR website at http://www.ajr.org.uk/documents/Terezin_guidelines.pdf

French compensation
The Commission for compensation of victims of spoliations resulting from the anti-Semitic legislation in force during the Occupation in France (CIVS) has published a report for the first ten years of its operation.

To December 2009, the Commission registered 26,470 claims: 17,480 material claims and 8,990 bank-related claims. As of that date, there were still 1,127 case files to be examined.

The total amount of compensation awarded is 453,428,986 euros with an average compensation of 28,700 euros per claimant.

In the past year, approximately 60 new claims were lodged on a monthly basis. To read the report and previous statements, visit www.civs.gouv.fr/spip.php?article118

Hungarian Holocaust lawsuit
At the end of February, the heirs of 95 Hungarian Holocaust survivors filed a Ft. 250 billion (c. £725 m) lawsuit against the Hungarian railways, MAV, citing its role in the deportation of more than 400,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz following the Nazi occupation of the country in 1944.

Based on nine years of research, the plaintiffs, mostly descendants of Hungarian Holocaust survivors living in Israel and the US, claim that MAV was ‘fully aware’ that its carriages were being used to deport Jews.

The first hearing of the case, at the Chicago Northern District Court, was in April with the subsequent hearing set for August.

The AJR has no involvement or interest in this lawsuit. For more details on how to participate, contact Cynthia Nevek by phone on 00972 2 6738906, by fax on 00972 77 7802008 or by email at nevek@013.net

Written enquiries should be sent to the AJR, Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL or to mnewman@ajr.org.uk

Michael Newman

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