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Oct 2001 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

The Government of the Czech Republic and the Federation for Jewish Communities in Prague have together created the Endowment Fund for Victims of the Holocaust (EFVH).

Residents in the former Czechoslovakia who owned property confiscated during WWII and who have not previously received compensation are now entitled to a share of a 300 million Czech Koruny fund (approximately £5.5m).

Applicants must prove that the original owner of the property was a victim of Nazi persecution and must provide ownership details of the real estate. Extracts of the cadaster (land register), which can be obtained via the Federation of Jewish Communities, are accepted as evidence of ownership. Other documents such as birth and death certificates should be included as necessary.

The amount of compensation paid to each applicant will reflect the value of the property but in any case will not be awarded until after the filing deadline of 31 December 2001.

Having applied to the EFVH for compensation, applicants are free to pursue restitution of the property through legislation.

Claim forms are available from this office and completed applications should be addressed to the Endowment Fund for Victims of the Holocaust, Legerova 22/1854, 120 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic. The telephone number is 0042 02 2426 1615. The email address is neumannova@mybox.cz and further details about the fund can be found at www.fondholocaust.cz

Romanian property claims   

The deadline for filing claims in respect of properties confiscated in Romania between 6 March 1945 and 22 December 1989 has been extended until 14 November 2001.

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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