Nov 2007 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Article II Fund improvements
The Claims Conference has announced major improvements in the eligibility criteria for the Article II Fund. The Fund provides the equivalent of a compensation pension to Holocaust survivors who were interned in ghettos or concentration camps.
With immediate effect, only the income of the applicant – and not that of their spouse – will be considered when calculating household income. Previously, a couple’s joint income could not exceed $21,000 or $32,000 if both partners were Holocaust victims. The income of the applicant should not be more than $16,000. Additionally, from 1 October 2007 social security, old age or incapacity pensions will be disregarded as income.
The Conference estimates that as a result of these changes $250 million (£125m) in payments will be distributed to an additional 6,000 survivors worldwide over the next ten years. The Claims Conference is writing to previous applicants, whose claims have been ‘on hold’, to inform them that they may now be entitled to receive the monthly payments of $320 or £160.


Ghetto Fund
Following negotiations with the Claims Conference, the German government has announced the creation of a Fund to pay compensation to Holocaust survivors who worked voluntarily in ghettos during the Second World War.

The Fund will make one-time payments of 2,000 euros (approximately £1,400) to an estimated 50,000 Holocaust survivors. Because the Ghetto Fund provides compensation for work performed in a ghetto, survivors who received awards from slave-labour compensation from the German Foundation: Remembrance, Responsibility and Future will be entitled to apply.
Application forms are available from this office. 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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