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Feb 2003 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Compensation to French orphans

The French government now pays compensation to orphans whose parents were deported from France and died at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War.

Applications are restricted to people who were under 21 at the time and who had one or both parents murdered as a consequence of deportation by the collaborationist Vichy regime. Excluded from an application are those victims who are already receiving a reparation pension from either the German or Austrian government.

Those eligible will receive either a one-time payment of 180,000 FF (approximately € 27,000/£18,000) or a monthly pension for life of 3,000 FF (approximately € 450/£300).

Applications should be addressed to the Ministère de la Défense, Direction des Statuts des Pensions et de la Réinsertion Sociale, Quartier Lorge, Rue Neuve de Bourg L’Abbey, BP 6140, 14037 Caen Cedex, France. The telephone number is 0033 231 384 506.

East Germany property restitution

Owners of properties in the former East Germany, including East Berlin, which were lost, stolen or confiscated as part of the Nazi aryanisation programme, can now apply for compensation.

Under the terms of a law passed by the reunified Germany, the Jewish Claims Conference has been appointed as the legal successor to properties that were not claimed within the December 1992 deadline imposed by the German government.

Today, through the Goodwill Fund, the Claims Conference has already paid out more than DM 200 million.

For further information and to file a claim, contact The Successor Organisation, Sophienstrasse 26, 60487 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The telephone number is 0049 69 97 07 08 0 and the fax number is 0049 69 97 07 08 11.

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), 1 Hampstead Gate, 1a Frognal, London NW3 6AL. For assistance with the completion of application forms, please telephone 020 7431 6161 for an appointment.
Michael Newman

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