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Oct 2005 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Insurance Commission breakthrough

Two groups of claimants who submitted applications to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) are to share a total of $16 million (approx £9m) in compensation for unpaid insurance policies bought before the Second World War. Altogether, 11,000 claimants will receive an award.

$5.5 million (approx £3m) will be paid in respect of life insurance policies held with companies that were liquidated or nationalized after the Second World War and for which there are no present day successor companies.

Separately, a further $10.5 million (approx £6m) has been earmarked to pay compensation for applications where there is only anecdotal information referring to a Holocaust-era insurance policy and for which no supporting documentation could be found. Applicants who were unable to provide evidence or where proof was unobtainable will receive a one-time humanitarian fund award of $1,000 (approx £550)

In November 2004, the ICHEIC offered $2.3 million (approx £1.25m) in payments to Holocaust victims and their heirs, from ICHEIC humanitarian funds.

Hardship Fund - further clarification

Last month's column included a clarification about entitlement to the Hardship Fund, a compensation programme sponsored by the German government but administered by the Claims Conference.

Eligible to receive the one-time payment of €2,500 (approx £1,700) is any Holocaust survivor, refugee or victim - not just Austrians - who did not previously receive compensation from the German government in the 1950s or 1960s, under the original indemnification laws.

Yad Vashem

As we announced in last month's Journal, the AJR is co-operating with Yad Vashem to gather the names of all victims of the Holocaust. As many names are still missing, those who possess information on victims who are not recorded in the Database are urgently requested to submit them.

Members who are intending to submit the Yad Vashem Page of Testimony that was inserted in last month's Journal are kindly requested to send the completed forms to the AJR.
Michael Newman

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