Oct 2010 Journal

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Claims update

Ghetto pensions update
According to the latest statistics transmitted to the Claims Conference by the German National Pension Board, the total number of cases (claims for a pension for people who worked in a ghetto under German occupation during the Second World War) that have been reviewed stands at 56,432 Ghetto Pension applications. Of these applications, 32,773 have been processed (up from the 30,366 as of April 2010).

A total of 10,958 cases (6,651 approved and 4,307 closed or withdrawn) have been resolved. There are 2,491 provisional deferrals, awaiting further requirements to be fulfilled, such as the payment of voluntary contributions to meet the qualifying period, or the response by the applicant to an inquiry. Applicants are given three months to provide further information requested by the pension offices. We are told that the reasons for a provisional deferral are, among other things, that the victim was not in a ghetto, the ghetto was not in an incorporated or occupied area, the applicant did not regularly return to the ghetto, or the qualifying period (60 months of contribution and/or substitution periods) has not been met. No claim has been rejected to date.

Bank account scam

Readers are alerted to a hoax email purporting to come from a member of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), who ‘receives and verifies claims of Holocaust victims’.

The recipient of the email is offered the opportunity for a share of several million US dollars as the ‘stand-in for the beneficiary of unclaimed dormant accounts’ for which there is no heir apparent or next of kin. The recipient is invited to respond by email and provide personal information.

The AJR strongly advises anyone who receives such an email to delete it immediately. If you are unsure of its veracity, please forward the email to us for further advice.
Written enquiries should be sent to the AJR, Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL or by email to mnewman@ajr.org.uk

Michael Newman

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