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Jan 2003 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Austrian pensions breakthrough

Following the success of the British banks’ guidelines on the removal of charges levied on Holocaust reparations, the Department for Pensions in Austria is introducing a new system to forward payments to refugees and survivors from Austria.

With effect from the New Year, the Pensionsversicherungsanstalt der Angestellten can pay pensions via the Deutsche Bundespost AG to a recipient’s bank account, thereby avoiding costly handling charges imposed by Austrian banks.

In November the Austrian pension authority contacted former Austrians advising them of the procedure to set up the direct transfer and requested a confirmation of bank details.

Further information about the alteration in the mode of remittance is available from the Pensionsversicherungsanstalt der Angestellten, Friedrich-Hillegeist-Strasse 1, 1021 Vienna, Postfach 1000, Austria. The telephone number is 0043 1 211 35 0.

Reconciliation Fund extension

An extension to the filing period for claims to the Austrian Slave and Forced Labour Programme has been announced. Applications for compensation must now be received by 27 September 2003.

The scheme provides compensation for labourers who toiled under the Nazi regime in camps on the territory of the present-day Republic of Austria. Applicants to the German Foundation: Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future do not need to apply to the Austrian Reconciliation Fund.

Further information about the Fund is available from the Austrian Reconciliation Fund, P.O. Box 44, A-1011 Vienna. The telephone number is 0043 1 513 60 16 and the fax number is 0043 1 513 60 16 15. Details of how to apply are also available from the Fund’s website www.reconciliationfund.at.

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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