Nov 2004 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Additional Austrian payments

Following an agreement reached at the beginning of September, recipients of the $7,000 award from the National Fund in respect of confiscated rental apartments, household belongings and personal possessions will receive an additional compensation of $1,200 (approx. £660). The awards are made from the residual monies already allocated to the National Fund.

The National Fund will write to everyone on their database in the next few weeks requesting confirmation of up-to-date bank details. It is envisaged that payments will be made in January next year. Heirs of survivors who received the original award but have since passed away will be entitled to claim instead.

Austrian pension charges

Recipients of an Austrian pension who are still incurring commission charges from Austrian banks are advised to close their Austrian bank account in order to avoid account-running charges.

To transfer their pension from Austria to the UK, pensioners had to open an account at an Austrian bank, usually Creditanstalt-Bankverein or Bank Austria. Today, however, in order to avoid charges, it is possible to have the annuities transferred direct by the pension authority in Vienna to a UK account via the Deutsche Post Stuttgart. Application forms for the direct transfer of a pension are available from this office.

Quoting your account number, Creditanstalt-Bank Austria - which merged in 2003 - can be contacted at Internationale Privatkunden, Schottengasse 6, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.

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 michael@ajr.org.uk. Assistance can be provided strictly by appointment at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, north London. For an appointment, please ring 020 8385 3074.

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