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Feb 2007 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

General insurance claim

Towards the end of last year a settlement was reached committing the Italian insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali to settle policies bought by people who became victims of the Holocaust.

Individuals or their ancestors who purchased Generali insurance between 1920 and 1945 and who owned a policy or were a beneficiary of a policy that was in force immediately prior to their persecution by the Nazis or their allies are eligible to apply. No payment will be made for policies previously settled by Generali.

Claim forms are available by calling the dedicated Generali claims telephone number, 0121 239 0205. Further details are at www.nazierainsurancesettlement.com.

Claim forms must be submitted by 31 March 2007 to: Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., Policy Information Centre, Piazza Duca Degli Abruzzi, 2, 34132 Trieste, Italy.

Slave labour compensation

Figures released at the end of 2006 showed that Germany has paid almost $6 billion (approx. £3 billion) from the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future to people forced to work for the Nazis during the Second World War. Awards of approximately $10,000 (£5,000) have been made to almost 1.7 million people, living in more than 100 different countries, equating to over 99 per cent of those who qualified for the claims.

The Foundation's funds are drawn equally from the German government and companies proved to have profited from slave and forced labour across Europe during the war. The remaining funds will be used to help ageing victims of the Nazis to pay medical bills or to finance other humanitarian projects related to combating fascism.

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 mnewman@ajr.org.uk.
Michael Newman

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