Jun 2001 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Claimants in the Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation will be sent court notices outlining how the $1.25 billion Swiss Bank Settlement is to be allocated.

The plan of distribution describes six classes of victim, for which there are separate claim procedures:

  1. Deposited assets – applications for a dormant Swiss bank account.
  2. Slave Labour I – applies to anyone used as slave labour anywhere for an entity under Nazi occupation.
  3. Looted Assets Group – claimants in this class will not receive compensation. Instead, organisations working with victims will be allocated monies for their own dispersal.
  4. Refugee claims – victims denied entry into, or detained and abused in, Switzerland will be eligible under the Swiss Refugee Programme.
  5. Swiss Insurance Claims – for victims who held insurance policies with Swiss Insurance companies.
  6. Slave Labour II – specific to those victims used as labourers for a Swiss-run company.
Most eligible claimants in classes 1) and 4) will automatically receive the relevant application forms. A list of the names of account owners with assets in Swiss banks is available on the Internet at

Holocaust victims used as slave labourers (class 2) and who are eligible for compensation from the German Foundation: Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future will automatically be entitled to an additional award from the Swiss Bank Settlement. It will not be necessary to complete an extra form.

Heirs of victims who died on or after 16 February 1999 may be entitled to claim under classes 2) (Slave Labour I) and 4) (Swiss Refugee Programme).

Additional forms and information are available from the Central Office for Holocaust Claims.

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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