Jul 2001 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been designated one of the partner organizations of the “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Foundation set up jointly by the German Government and German industry. In this function, IOM is globally responsible for all property claims under the German Foundation Act.

Those eligible to participate in this scheme are persons who can prove that they suffered property loss during the National Socialist regime with the direct participation of German enterprises.

Eligibility is further restricted to those who could not participate in previous German government compensation or restitution programmes because they lived in countries with which Germany had no diplomatic relations after WWII.

Claim forms are available free of charge from IOM offices around the world. In the UK, applicants should contact IOM at 26 Westminster Palace Gardens, Artillery Row, London, SW1P 1RR. The London help line number is 0845 601 3642.

Claim forms in English – together with guidelines for completion - can also be downloaded from the IOM Website at www.compensation-for-forced-labour.org Enquiries can also be emailed to compensation@iom.int

The deadline for submission of completed IOM claim forms is 11 August 2001. Thereafter, claims will be assessed and decisions made on the amount of compensation to be awarded.

Slave Labour settlement agreed

The German Parliament has voted to approve compensation payments to victims of Nazi persecution used as slave and forced labourers for the German war effort. The move follows the ruling by a US court to dismiss lawsuits against German companies and should pave the way for survivors to receive awards by the end of July 2001.

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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