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Sep 2004 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Holocaust commission's humanitarian payments

The International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims has begun the process of disbursing token amounts of compensation in respect of unpaid Holocaust era insurance policies. The $1,000 (£600) awards were made where a claimant demonstrated strong anecdotal evidence - such as recalling the visits of an insurance salesman to collect monthly premiums - that a policy existed.

To date, 16,472 applicants have received such an award in the first tranche of payments, including 295 in this country, and a second group of cheques will be issued later this year. The decision to distribute the humanitarian cheques is separate to the ongoing process of settling outstanding claims where concrete proofs have been submitted.

Please note that the deadline to submit claims to the Commission expired at the end of March this year.

Government commission completes work

The Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel (EPCAP) wound up its work at the end of August having distributed more than £16m to 377 claimants over a six-year period.

In 1939 the British government introduced the Trading with the Enemy Act to prevent Germany and its axis allies using money in British banks to fund their war effort. The Panel was convened to examine the 1,121 applications for assets deposited in British banks prior to the Second World War.

Further information about the Enemy Property scheme as well as the list of owners of assets is available online at www.enemyproperty.gov.uk.

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

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