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Dec 2006 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Austrian restitution website

Austria has created an online database containing information about objects of art and other cultural items likely to have been expropriated following the 1938Anschluss. includes works of art that are now in museums and collections owned by the federal government or the city of Vienna. In launching the online database, Austria hopes to identify the original owners of the artworks or their heirs.

The database was put together by the Austrian National Fund in co-operation with museums and special commissions that have been tasked with tracing the origins of artwork obtained during the Nazi era. The origins of some of the items are still in question and it remains to be determined if they were looted.

Hungarian compensation - a reminder

The deadline to apply for the recently extended Hungarian compensation programme is 31 December 2006. The scheme, sponsored by the Hungarian government, makes lump-sum awards of $1,800 (HUF 400,000) to the living spouse, child or parent of a Holocaust victim who died due to the 'political despotism of the Hungarian authority or an official person, or if the injured person died during deportation or forced labour '.

In cases where there are no such living relatives, a living sibling is entitled to half of the compensation amount.

Application forms are available from this office and should be returned, once completed, to: The Central Compensation Office, 1116 Budapest, Hauszmann Alajos utca 1. The telephone number is 0036 1 371 8900, fax 0036 1 371 89 12, email

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 Newman

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