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May 2006 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Hungarian compensation
By extending the terms of a 1997 reparation law, the Hungarian government is now paying improved compensation to the survivors and relatives of Hungarian victims of the Holocaust. Applicants to the 1997 scheme were initially entitled to an award of $150 for each parent killed during the Holocaust and $70 for each sibling.

Rejecting these awards as derisory, many survivors refused to apply. Those who did receive these modest payments became eligible to receive an award of $1,800 (HUF 400,000) in 2002.

Under the terms of the revised law passed earlier this year in Hungary, anyone who did not receive an award of $1,800 is now entitled to apply for this compensation payment.

Those eligible for awards include the living spouse, child or parent of a Holocaust victim who died due to the 'political despotism of the Hungarian authority or an official person, or if the injured person died during deportation or forced labour '. In cases where there are no such living relatives, a living sibling is entitled to half the compensation amount. Where applicable, awards should be shared among entitled relatives.

Heirs of those who applied but did not receive compensation under the terms of the 1997 scheme are eligible to receive payments now as well.

Application forms are available from this office and should be returned, once completed, to The Central Compensation Office, 1116 Budapest, Hauszmann Alajos utca 1, Hungary. The telephone number is 0036 1 371 8900, fax is 0036 1 371 89 12 and email information@karpotlas.hu.

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 mnewman@ajr.org.uk.
Michael Newman

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