Nov 2001 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Slave labour payments

When the process of paying compensation to former slave and forced labourers has been completed, every eligible applicant will have received two payments from the German Foundation as well as an award from the Swiss Banks Settlement. To date, the Jewish Claims Conference has made the first payments of DM 10,000 (around £3,000) to 22,000 victims, of whom 71 live in the UK. Separately, payments of $1,000 (approximately £700) from the Swiss Banks Settlement have been issued to 110 UK residents out of a total of 30,000 worldwide.

Dutch update

A letter to the Dutch parliament analysing the work of committees set up to investigate the war-time role of the Dutch authorities has been published. The full text of Prime Minister Kok's letter can be seen by visiting the Claims section of the AJR website and is available through the Central Office.

Scotland

Approximately 50 people attended meetings in Glasgow and Edinburgh for advice and information on how to pursue compensation and restitution claims. Following an introductory talk, questions covering several application procedures were answered and participants were able to leave their contact details in order to receive further information. Further meetings are planned in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle in October.

Deadlines

The timeline for certain compensation and restitution claim procedures is 31 December 2001. Applicants wishing to file claims in respect of Slave and Forced Labour compensation, Czech property restitution and reparations from the Dutch and French governments in respect of Nazi persecution should contact the Central Office.

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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