Feb 2005 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Hungarian 'Gold Train' lawsuit

At the end of last year, the US government announced its intention to settle the lawsuit dubbed 'Gold Train' filed by a group of Hungarian Holocaust survivors.

The judge presiding over the case being heard in a Florida court ordered that the precise terms of the settlement now be decided, and they will be announced at a hearing at the end of February 2005. Plaintiffs have demanded up to $10,000 each for as many as 30,000 Hungarian Jews and their survivors.

The dispute centres on the alleged looting of valuables by American soldiers during the Second World War. Some 24 boxcars filled with $200 million worth of art, gold, silver, furs and household goods stolen by the Nazis were confiscated by the United States army. American troops intercepted the train in May 1945 and moved its contents to a warehouse near Salzburg.

Additional Swiss bank accounts

Further to the notice in last December's Journal, an additional list of names of owners of Swiss bank accounts has been published on two designated websites: and

Signing of Austrian life certificates

The AJR continues to be available to notarise the Lebensbescheinigungen (life certificates) of Austrian pensioners. Please note that an item of official identification, such as a passport or driving licence, must be presented for this purpose.

Further help

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 Assistance can be provided strictly by appointment at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, north London. For an appointment, please ring 020 8385 3074.

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