Jan 2005 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Signing of Austrian life certificates

As reported in last month's Journal, the AJR is now able to notarise the Lebensbescheinigungen (life certificates) for Austrian pensioners. Life certificates will be issued at the beginning of January and AJR members are invited to visit the AJR offices in Stanmore or the Day Centre in West Hampstead. Members unable to reach either of these locations will be able to have their certificates signed at an AJR regional group meeting or during a home visit by an AJR social worker.

Where an AJR representative receives a request to legalise a pension life certificate, a object of official identification, such as a passport or driving licence, must be presented.

German life certificates

As with the above, the AJR can also sign life certificates for recipients of German compensation pensions (BEG) from either the Hesse or Dusseldorf authorities, as well as the Landesversicherungsanstalt (LvA) social security office in Hamburg. Regrettably, at this time, the AJR cannot legalise pensions from any other German authority.

Compensation hoaxes

It has been brought to our attention that a series of scams are in circulation with the aim of convincing people they have entitlement to dormant Swiss bank accounts. Information regarding applications for unpaid Swiss accounts should be accessed strictly from the two designated websites www.swissbankclaims.com and www.crt-ii.org.

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

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