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Oct 2002 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Dutch bank and insurance claims

Now that negotiations involving Jewish representative groups with Dutch banks and, separately, the Dutch Association of Insurers, have been concluded, claims can be filed in respect of dormant Dutch bank accounts and unpaid insurance policies bought before the Second World War in The Netherlands.

Completed research has identified credit balances in more than 3,000 accounts held today in Dutch banks. The results of the investigation do not include the balances compulsorily transferred to the looting Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co (LiRo) bank during the Second World War.

Claims can be submitted until 31 December 2002. Further details and information about how to obtain the relevant application materials are available from the Stichting Individuele Bankaanspraken Sjoa, P.O. Box 60000, 1320 AA Almere, The Netherlands or at www.sib-sjoa.nl.

The Sjoa Foundation for Individual Insurance Claims was established in November 1999 and endowed with NLG 50 million (approx. £14.5m) from the Dutch Association of Insurers to settle outstanding policies.

To date, approximately 7,000 claims have been received with more than €700,000 (£440,000) distributed to rightful beneficiaries.

Under the terms of an agreement signed with the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC), the Sjoa Foundation will handle all Dutch claims received by ICHEIC.

Claims can be filed up to 1 January 2010. Application forms and further details are available from the Stichting Individuele Verzekeringsaanspraken Sjoa, PO Box 91475, 2509 EB, The Hague, The Netherlands. Additional information is available at www.stichting-sjoa.nl.

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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