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Mar 2003 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Urgent: Repayment of bank charges

It has been brought to the attention of the Central Office for Holocaust Claims that Holocaust survivors are being targeted and charged for receiving advice on the procedures involved in having bank charges returned. Members are reminded that the Central Office for Holocaust Claims provides this service free of charge and the reason that the banks have now offered to repay charges (which they are not required to do by law), is due to the efforts of this office. We strongly advise that there is no need to pay for money that is in fact owed to you.

Slovak Compensation Fund

A SKK 850 million (approximately £13.5 million) fund has been established by the government of the Slovak Republic to provide compensation to Holocaust victims and to ‘finance projects concerning the social and cultural needs of the Jewish community in Slovakia.’

The Council for the Compensation of Holocaust Victims in the Slovak Republic will pay compensation to those Holocaust victims (or their heirs) whose properties were aryanised during the Second World War on the territory of the wartime Slovak state and that part of Slovakia that was ‘awarded’ to Hungary in 1938 by a German and Italian brokered settlement.

Application forms and further information are available by contacting the Council at: Kancelaria Rady, P.O. Box 115, 820 05 Bratislava 25, Slovak Republic. The Council’s website is www.holocaustslovakia.sk and they can be reached by email at kancrada@stonline.sk. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2003.

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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