Mar 2004 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

East Germany property list

The deadline to apply for properties in the former East Germany - including East Berlin - expires on 31 March 2004. As well as the original owners, familial and testamentary heirs of the persecutee are entitled to file applications.

In the wake of German unification in 1990, the Jewish Claims Conference (JCC) filed a blanket claim for properties that were once owned by Holocaust victims. Upon expiry, in 1992, of the filing period for claims under the national German restitution law, the JCC created the Goodwill Fund, through which properties are returned to their rightful owners with 20 per cent of the value retained by the JCC to fund a range of social and welfare programmes.

Once the deadline passes, unclaimed properties will cede to the Claims Conference.

To assist potential claimants, a list of more than 59,000 names of the original owners has been posted on the Claims Conference website at

The website also contains information about the claims procedure as well as a link to download the necessary application forms.

For further information and details of how to register an application, please contact: The Successor Organisation, Sophienstrasse 26, 60487 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The telephone number is 0049 69 97 07 08 0 and the fax is 0049 69 97 07 08 11.

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 Assistance can be provided strictly by appointment at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, north London. For an appointment, please ring 020 8385 3074.
Michael Newman

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