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Sep 2001 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Austrian Reconciliation Fund

With the rejection of two law suits in a US court, those victims of Nazi persecution used as slave and forced labourers in Austria can now receive compensation payments. In exchange for providing reparations, the Austrian state and industry have secured legal peace.

As with the Foundation created in Germany, the Austrian Reconciliation Fund makes compensation payments for slave labourers - AS 105,000 (approx £4,000) - and forced labourers - AS 35,000 (approx £1,500). A third category of labourers who worked exclusively in agriculture and forestry will receive a payment of AS 20,000 (approx £700).

Those interned in Mauthausen or the sub-camps of Dachau should apply through the German Foundation.

It is thought that as many as 20,000 former labourers are expected to benefit. The deadline for making application is 27 November 2002. Completed applications and further enquiries should be addressed to PO Box 44, A-1011 Vienna, Austria.

Swiss Refugee Programme

Applicants under the Refugees class of the Swiss bank settlement have until 30 September 2001 to file claims. Compensation is paid to those "who were either denied entry or expelled from Switzerland, or were admitted into Switzerland but abused or mistreated there."

Claims advice sessions

The first in what is hoped will be a series of talks on Holocaust-era compensation and restitution claims has taken place. Over 50 survivors and refugees from the North of England and Wales attended the question and answer session at Harold House in Liverpool. Further meetings are planned for Edinburgh and Glasgow, and will be advertised.

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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