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Jan 2004 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

East Germany property list

Further to articles which have recently appeared in AJR Journal, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (JCC) has published a list of Jewish owners of properties in what became East Germany - including East Berlin - after the Second World War. Many of these properties had been confiscated in accordance with Nazi racial laws.

In the wake of German unification in 1990, the JCC filed a blanket claim for properties that were once owned by Jewish victims of the Holocaust. At the end of the national German restitution law in 1992 the JCC created the Goodwill Fund, through which properties are returned to their rightful owners with 20 per cent of the value being kept by the JCC.

The JCC has now issued a final deadline of 31 March 2004 to receive applications for all outstanding properties. Unclaimed properties will thereafter cede to the Claims Conference. The list of property owners is available on line at www.claimscon.org/goodwill/goodwill_main.asp

For further information and details of how to register an application, please contact The Successor Organisation, Sophienstrasse 26, 60487 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The telephone number is 0049 69 97 07 08 0 and the fax is 0049 69 97 07 08 11.

German pension remittances

To avoid increased bank charges, recipients of pensions from Germany are advised to contact their bank and ask for their IBA number and BIC (also known as Swift Code). This information should then be sent to their pension provider in Germany.

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 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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