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Sep 2003 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Insurance claims final deadline

The closing date for submitting applications to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims is 30 September 2003. The Commission was established in November 1998 to settle unpaid life insurances bought in pre-war Europe from a range of insurance companies. To date, more than 90,000 claims have been filed and more than $30 million (approximately £20 million) has been awarded.

Following an agreement signed last October with a German government and industry foundation, a list of almost 400,000 names of Holocaust victims who held insurances has been compiled.

To view the list as well as further details of how to claim, please visit the Insurance Commission's website www.icheic.org

For information on the status of a claim that has already been filed or to receive an application pack, please freephone 0800 169 8318.

Austrian fund extension

The filing time period for an Austrian compensation fund has been extended until the end of this year. Austrian Holocaust victims who have not yet received the AS 105,000 (approx. £4,500) award in respect of lost tenancy rights and stolen personal valuables must submit claims by 31 December 2003. The heirs of Austrian survivors who died on or after 24 October 2000 can also apply provided the claim has not been previously settled.

David Brummer

The Claims Office expresses its thanks to David for his diligent work over the past ten months. We wish him well for the future.

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL; by fax to 020 8385 3075; or by email to michael@ajr.org.uk. Assistance can be provided strictly by appointment at the Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, North London. For an appointment, please ring 020 8385 3074.
Michael Newman and David Brummer

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