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Feb 2006 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Belgian compensation - Solidarité 3000

Holocaust survivors from Belgium who have previously received less than 3,000 Euros in compensation for lost or stolen assets from the Belgian Indemnification Commission (also known as the Buysse Commission), the German government or other restitution programmes will receive an award from the Fondation du Judaisme de Belgique, a Belgian Jewish foundation.

The Solidarité 3000 initiative will entitle Holocaust survivors who lived in Belgium between 1 May 1940 (the German occupation) and September 1944 (the liberation) to a minimum of 3,000 Euros in reparations. Holocaust victims who have previously received less than 3,000 Euros in compensation are eligible for the difference up to that amount. Holocaust victims who have never applied for compensation for lost or stolen assets, or previously been ineligible to apply, are now entitled to claim.

The Belgian Indemnification Commission was established by the Belgian government together with banks and insurance companies to provide compensation for assets sequestered from Jews during the Nazi era in Belgium. The residual funds from the Commission will now pass to the Fondation du Judaisme de Belgique and the interest earned will be used to finance Solidarité 3000.

The deadline to apply to the Solidarité 3000 initiative is 31 March 2006. Completed application forms, which are available from this office together with an English translation, should be sent by post to the Fondation du Judaisme de Belgique, Avenue Ducpetiaux 68, 1060 Brussels, Belgium.

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

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