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Jul 2002 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Austrian Reconciliation Fund

Following the rejection last July of two law suits in a US court against the Federal Republic of Austria, the Austrian Reconciliation Fund has paid compensation to more than 60,000 victims of Nazi persecution used as slave and forced labourers on the territory of present-day Austria. In exchange for providing reparations and endowing the fund with $280 million, the Austrian state and industry have secured legal peace.

Similar to the Foundation created in Germany, the Austrian Reconciliation Fund makes compensation payments for slave labourers - AS 105,000 (approximately £4,000) - and forced labourers - AS 35,000 (approximately £1,500). A third category of labourers who worked exclusively in agriculture and forestry will receive a payment of AS 20,000 (approximately £700).

The deadline for making applications is 27 November 2002. Completed applications and further enquiries should be addressed to PO Box 44, A-1011 Vienna, Austria.

French investigative commission

Following an agreement signed by the US and French governments in January 2001, a Commission for Compensating Victims of Despoilment Resulting from Antisemitic Legislation of the Vichy Regime and the German Occupation has been created in France to investigate claims for lost, stolen or confiscated assets.

According to the decree, claims may be filed for materials and financial assets despoiled by the Vichy regime and its German occupier during the Second World War. The deadline for filing claims for bank accounts and other financial assets is 18 July 2002.

To make an application or receive further information about the work of the Commission write to Le Rapporteur Général, Commission Indemnisation de Victimes de Spoliation (CIVS), 1 Rue de la Manutention, 75116 Paris, France. The telephone number is 0033 1 56 52 85 00.

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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