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Austria

Closing payments from the General Settlement Fund

In July 2009 the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism (GSF) commenced the disbursement of the closing payments from the Fund along the lines of the final quotas agreed by the Fund’s Board of Trustees. The GSF was established as part of the Washington Agreement signed in January 2001.

As the GSF was capped at $210m, awards were made on a pro-rata basis and the final shares will be 10.56 percent of the determined losses in the claims-based process, 17.16 percent in the equity-based process and 20.74 percent for insurance policies.

To date the independent Claims Committee has decided 20,537 of the total of 20,700 applications, containing approximately 120,000 individual claims, and recognised property losses of over $1.5 billion.

Since 2005, the General Settlement Fund has paid $139 million to around 14,000 applicants and 4,000 heirs in the form of initial disbursements, so-called advance payments. Approximately 30 percent of all claims concerned occupational and educational losses, 20 percent liquidated businesses. The remaining 50 percent are related to the other categories of property – bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mortgages, moveable property, insurance policies, real estate, insofar as no in rem restitution has been granted pursuant to the GSF law, and other losses and damages.

In settling these claims, the in-house research team of the GSF obtained around 70,000 different documents from various Austrian archives.

Along with the compensation of so-called slave and forced labourers by the Reconciliation Fund, for whom a total of 436 million was made available, the Washington Agreement also constituted a package of restitution and compensation measures: The GSF provides, on the one hand, for monetary compensation of property losses and, on the other hand, for in rem restitution of seized properties which are publicly-owned today. Additionally, $150 million were resolved for the compensation of seized tenancy rights and disbursed by the National Fund and further social measures for victims of National Socialism were implemented.
Additional payments
 

Following an agreement reached in the beginning of September, recipients of the $7,000 award from the National Fund in respect of confiscated rental apartments, household belongings and personal possessions will receive an additional compensation of $1,200 (approx. £660). The awards are made from the residual monies already allocated to the National Fund.

The National Fund will write to everyone on their database in the next few weeks requesting confirmation of up to date bank details. It is envisaged that payments will then be made in January next year. Heirs of those survivors who received the original award but have since passed away will be entitled to claim instead.
 

Austrian pension charges
 

Recipients of an Austrian pension who are still incurring commission charges from Austrian banks are advised to close their Austrian bank account in order to avoid account-running charges.

To transfer their pension from Austria to the UK, pensioners had to open an account at an Austrian bank, usually Creditanstalt-Bankverein or Bank Austria. Today, however, to avoid charges it is possible to have the annuities transferred direct by the pension authority in Vienna to a UK account via the Deutsche Post Stuttgart. Application forms for the direct transfer of a pension are available from this office.

Quoting your account number, Creditanstalt-Bank Austria – which merged in 2003 – can be contacted at: Internationale Privatkunden, Schottengasse 6, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.
 

Deadline extended for Austrian National Fund
 

Austrian Jewish victims of Nazi persecution now have until 30 June 2004 to apply for a $7,000 (approx. £4,500) payment from the Austrian National Fund in respect of loss of rental apartments, business leases, household furniture and personal belongings.

Eligible to receive an award are Austrian Nazi victims who were living in Austria at the time of the Anschluss (12 March 1938). Heirs of persecutees can apply only if the victim died on or after 24 October 2000.

Applicants should contact the National Fund direct for further information:

 

Nationalfonds der Republik Oesterreich
Parliament, A-1017 Vienna, Austria
Tel:(43-1) 408-1263 or 408-1264
Fax: (43-1) 408-0389

sekretariat@nationalfonds.org
www.nationalfonds.org
 

Erste Bank
 

Austrian Holocaust survivors have been alerted to another possible compensation scheme by the Holocaust Victims Information and Support Centre in Vienna: the restitution of accounts held at the Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG, a predecessor of Erste Bank.

The Erste Bank has produced two tables of names – that appear below – of Holocaust victims who invested money in the bank prior to the Anschluss in March 1938. Table A lists dormant accounts and includes the name and date of birth of the owner as well as the balance, having been uprated using an annual interest rate of 4.5%. Where the balance is still modest, Erste Bank has pledged to make awards of a minimum of €200.

Table B records the names and dates of births of those persecutees whose real estate was aryanised by Erste Bank as well as the details of people who held mortgages or other loans. A Nazi racial law required Erste Bank to extend loans to Jews, which could then be used only to pay the punitive Jew taxes (Reichsfluchtsteuer and Judenvermogensabgabe).

Applicants, including heirs and beneficiaries, must complete the one page form and return it to: Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG, Code, “2004-Historikerprojekt”, Graben 21, A-1010 Wien, Austria. Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2004.

The table of names can be viewed by clicking here (1.43MB Adobe PDF)

£1 million healthcare breakthrough for Austrian victims in UK

A new fund to help needy Austrian refugees and Holocaust survivors who find themselves in financial difficulty and in need of urgent medical attention comes into operation this month. The Austrian Holocaust Survivor Emergency Assistance Programme will be administered by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) in the UK on behalf of an ‘umbrella group' of six Jewish charities, at the request of the US-based Claims Conference.

Benefits
Grants to refugees and survivors from the Austrian Assistance Programme's fund – which will begin operating with £1 million at its disposal – will be made to those living on low incomes, who have a medical problem requiring urgent attention, or who suffer a domestic emergency with which they cannot afford to deal. It is anticipated that the fund will be operational for two years, until 2005. The Programme's key objective is to provide financial assistance to Austrian victims of the Nazis.

Applications for benefits can be made through any of the organisations which constitute the ‘umbrella group' of six Jewish charities, each of which is responsible for the welfare of former victims of Nazi persecution living in Britain. They are the AJR, Jewish Care, World Jewish Relief, Agudas Israel Community Services, Claims for Slave Labour Compensation, and the 45 Aid Society.

Assessments
Following the receipt of an application for benefit from the Austrian Assistance Programme, a social worker from the appropriate organisation will make an appointment to visit the applicant in order to make an initial assessment of his or her needs and to recommend awards accordingly. The funds can be used to finance a number of items, including wheelchairs, the installation of appliances and aids for the housebound, as well as dental care and the payment of emergency rent to prevent eviction.

Details of less straightforward cases will be referred to a special vetting committee, whose members will include both lay and professional representatives from the leading Jewish welfare organisations, who will assess and adjudicate on the applications. Each award from the Austrian Assistance Programme's fund is being kept within a maximum payment of £5,300 per person. Similarly, a maximum of £1,650 will also be paid to help former Austrians ‘buy into' the Austrian Social Security pension scheme.

Information
A mailing with information on the new scheme is being sent out to 1,400 former recipients of awards in the UK from the Mauerbach Fund, which distributed modest compensation payments to needy Austrian survivors in 1997 and 1998. This is being undertaken by the Claims Conference to raise awareness of the availability of the Austrian Assistance Programme.

The UK's allocation, planned to reach £1.2 million, is part of a worldwide fund of £6 million ($9 million) which was negotiated between the Austrian Ministries of Social Affairs and Finance and the Claims Conference. In addition, the scheme benefited from an endowment representing the residual balance from the Bank of Austria litigation which was launched in the US in 1998.

For additional information about the Austrian Holocaust Survivor Emergency Assistance Programme, or to make an application for benefits, please contact AJR Head of Social Services Marcia Goodman - Tel: 020 8385 3070 - AJR, Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4RL
 

Austrian officials give details of General Settlement Fund

The deadline to apply to the General Settlement Fund expired on Wednesday 28 May 2003.

'Austria has a collective responsibility, not a collective guilt', the Austrian Ambassador told Holocaust survivors and refugees at meetings in Manchester and London. His Excellency Alexandra Christiani spoke frankly of the enormous difficulties and challenges, past and present alike, Austria faced, and expressed the hope that the new General Settlement Fund would in some small way provide assistance to Austrian victims of the Nazis.

Hannah Lessing, General Secretary of the Austrian National Fund for Victims of Nazism, which administers the General Settlement Fund, gave an historical overview of Austria's handling of compensation issues, both in the formative years after the war and more recently. She also provided a detailed explanation of the comprehensive compensation package offered by the Austrian government, banks and businesses. In an emotionally charged atmosphere, Ms Lessing also responded to enquiries ranging from the restitution of assets declared in 1938 at the Viennese Dorotheum to the fundamental questions of how much each applicant is likely to receive and when.

The meetings were attended by a total of over 1,000 people and provided an opportunity for the AJR successfully to disseminate information as well as identify and enrol new members.
 

Austrian General Settlement Fund

In addition to the individual awards of $7,000 made to Holocaust victims who lived in Austria before the war, the General Settlement Fund (GSF) provides payments ‘to acknowledge the moral responsibility for losses and damages inflicted ... and to settle comprehensively unanswered questions of restitution and compensation’.

As well as compensation for bank accounts, stocks, bonds and mortgages, the GSF has been endowed with $210 million to recompense survivors as well as heirs for liquidated businesses, real property and unredeemed insurance policies. Compensation for personal valuables and household possessions was covered in the scheme introduced last year by the National Fund.

Under the rules of the GSF there will be two processes for claiming: claims-based and equity-based. A Claims Committee will investigate each application under relaxed standards of proof and an award will be made on a pro-rata basis once all applications have been submitted. In all cases, compensation will not exceed $2 million per individual.

Equity-based payments will be made in circumstances where claims cannot be verified under the claims-based procedure. As well as the above categories, claims can also be filed for occupational and educational losses.

Claims must be submitted before 27 May 2003.

Claims can also be filed in respect of land and buildings, which on 17 January 2001 were owned by the Federal Government or the City of Vienna.

All applicants to the Austrian National Fund will automatically receive further information on how to proceed with making a claim. The GSF is administered by the National Fund, which can be contacted by writing to The Parliament, 1017 Vienna, Austria, by telephone on 0043 1 408 12 63/4, or by visiting the National Fund website at www.nationalfonds.org.

Claimants to the GSF are advised to support their claims with relevant documents. To this end, claimants should write first to Dr Hubert Steiner at the Austrian National Archive requesting a search for records of assets that were declared forcibly by Jews in Austria following the Anschluss in March 1938. Letters must be no more than one page and should refer to the people who most likely owned the assets. The service is free. The address is: Archiv der Republik, Nottendorfergasse 2, A-1030 Vienna, Austria. The Archive can also be contacted by telephone on 0043 1 795 40 270, by fax on 0043 1 795 40 109 or by email at hubert.steiner@oesta.gv.at.

The Austrian government has also set aside $112 million (£76m), over the next ten years, to widen the provision of social benefits to victims not previously compensated. Under the terms of this part of the GSF, any former Austrian born after 1932 is now entitled to receive a state pension. Also included here is the extension of social care or Pfleggegeld to victims of Nazism even if they no longer live in Austria.
 

Austrian Reconciliation Fund

Eligibility for payments from the Austrian Reconciliation Fund extends to child Holocaust survivors who were forced to watch their close relatives scrubbing the streets as a measure of Nazi persecution in Vienna and other Austrian cities.

Applications to the Fund are divided into one of three categories:
 

  • Forced labour in agriculture and forestry or in the form of personal services (households, hotels, etc.)
  • Forced labour in industry, business, construction, electric power enterprises and in other business enterprises, in public institutions, at the railroads (“Reichsbahn”) or postal services (“Reichspost”)
  • Slave labour (work under inhumane conditions while under detention in a concentration camp-like place of confinement)

Completed applications to the Reconciliation Fund, which was established in November 2000 and endowed with €436m or £300m, must be filed by 31 December 2003, although a letter stating an interest to submit a claim received by this date will be accepted as a registered application.

The Fund's remit is to, “make voluntary payments to former slave and forced labourers of the National Socialist regime on the territory of present-day Austria”. At the outset, Fund administrators estimated they would make payments to 150,000 Holocaust survivors worldwide. To date, the fund has disbursed more than €284m, approximately £198m, to in excess of 109,000 Nazi victims. 603 survivors who live in Britain have shared almost €1.3m, around £900,000, in awards.

For application forms, explanatory materials and further information please contact P.O. Box 44, A-1011 Vienna. The telephone number is 0043 1 513 60 16 and the fax number is 0043 1 513 60 16 15. Details of how to apply are also available from the Fund's website www.reconciliationfund.at.
 

In Summary
 

Victims of National Socialism from Austria should all now be entitled to a state pension and should have received two lump sum compensation payments from the Austrian National Fund: the first, AS 70,000 or approximately £3,500 was paid about 3-4 years ago and can still be applied for; the second, worth AS 105,000 or around £4,500 and distributed in the last two years can only claimed until 31 December 2003 .
 

Belgium

Applications for compensation in respect of assets looted in Belgium during the Second World War can be made to the Indemnification Commission for the Belgian Jewish Community’s Assets. The Commission was created in Belgian law in December 2001 following the work of the Study Commission on Jewish Assets started in July 1997.

Whilst the total amount to be distributed by the Commission has not yet been disclosed – because the Jewish community continues to be involved in three sets of negotiations with Belgian banks, insurance companies and the government – the fund is expected to be endowed with €110m or approximately £73m.

Anyone who has previously completed an application form for asset restitution to the Belgian office of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation or the Belgian Jewish community does not have to complete another form. Heirs of the original owners of assets are also eligible to apply.

The 2,000 already filed claims will be passed to the Commission early next year for assessment. Applications must have been filed by 19 March 2003 and the Commission hopes to complete its work by the summer of 2004.

To receive a claim form and explanatory materials please write direct to the Commission at: Federal Public Department Chancellery and General Services, 16 rue de la Loi - Wetstraat 16, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. The telephone number is 0032 2 501 04 45. Enquiries can also be made via email to marc.detrazegnies@premier.fed.be.

For further information and details of the work of the Commission visit www.combuysse.fgov.be and follow the links.
 

Czech Republic

The Government of the Czech Republic together with the Federation for Jewish Communities in Prague have created the Endowment Fund for victims of the Holocaust (EFVH).

Victims of Nazi persecution from the former Czechoslovakia who have not previously received compensation in respect of properties owned by them or their families that were confiscated during the Second World War are now entitled to a share of the 300 million Czech Krona fund (approximately £5.5m).

Those eligible to claim include the original owners, whose properties were confiscated between 29 September 1939 and 8 May 1945, those who have previously applied at court but were not successful and the rightful successors of the original owner.

Applicants have to prove that the original owner of the property was a victim of Nazi persecution and must provide details and ownership of the real estate.

The amount of compensation paid to each applicant will reflect the value of the property but in any case will not be allocated until after the filing deadline of 31 December 2001.

The completed application must show that the applicant has not received any previous compensation for the property and that the EFVH is authorised to investigate any necessary archives. Every application must also include an extract from the cadastre (Land Registry) stating the locality of the property. Other documents such as birth and death certificates should be included as necessary. Extracts from the cadastre can be obtained through the Fund office.

Having applied to the EFVH, applicants are free to pursue the restitution of the property through restitution legislation.

Claim forms are available from this office and completed applications should be addressed to Endowment Fund for Victims of the Holocaust, Legerova 22/1854, Czech Republic. The telephone number is 0042 02 2426 1615. The email address is neumannova@mybox.cz and further details about the fund can be found at www.fondholocaust.cz.

Information on and support with property restitution claims in the Czech Republic can be addressed to Mr David Lewin via the Search and Unite website www.remember.org/unite.
 

Denmark

Hoejgaard and Shultz’ Foundation for Former Slave Labourers

The Hoejgaard and Shultz’ Foundation for Former Slave Labourers makes reparation payments to individuals who during the war performed forced labour for the Danish construction company Hoejgaard and Shultz or its subsidiaries in Germany or territories occupied by Germany.

The Copenhagen based law firm Jonas Bruun has been appointed to process applications to the Foundation, which was created by Hoejgaard Holding, parent company of Hoejgaard and Schultz Constructions Company.

Advertising and a direct mail operation have been undertaken, often utilising the Survivors Registry in the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C focusing on individuals who during the war resided in the localities where it has been confirmed the Hoejgaard and Schultz construction company conducted business.

To date, the Foundation, which has a capital of less than Euro 400,000, has received only 70 applications but none have come from UK survivors. At a recent meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, it was decided not to extend the deadline beyond 30 November 2002. The Board cannot begin making ex gratia payments until all applications have been received. In addition they are well aware of the age of most of their applicants and feel that to continue as speedily as possible would be desirable.

This fund is distinct from the German Slave and Forced Labour Compensation Programme, though applicants may, if eligible claim from both funds.

For further information and details of how to apply contact Peter Kierkergaard at Jonas Bruun. The address is:

 

Bredgade 38
DK-1260
Copenhagen K
Denmark
 


Mr Kierkergaard’s telephone number is 00 45 33 47 88 84 and the main Fax number is 00 45 33 47 89 39. The law firm’s website is www.jonasbruun.com.
 

France

French investigative commission
 

Following an agreement signed by the US and French governments in January 2001, the "Commission for the compensation to victims of despoilment resulting from anti-Semitic legislation of the Vichy Regime and the German Occupation" (CIVS) has been created in France to investigate claims for lost, stolen or confiscated assets.

According to the decree, claims can be filed for materials and financial assets despoiled by the Vichy Regime and its German occupier during the Second World War.

The CIVS conducts free research and investigations into a claim but materials that might support a case include birth and marriage certificates, deportation cards, any document showing certifying ownership of assets. If you are acting for additional beneficiaries their names and addresses should also be included. Whilst it is not possible to receive a second compensation if a reparation has already been awarded re-evaluation of cases will be undertaken.

The average offer is €25,500 but it can take up to two years to process an application and for an offer to be made.

To make an application or receive further information about the work of the Commission write to Le Rapporteur Général, Commission Indemnisation de Victimes de Spoliation (CIVS), 1 Rue de la Manutention, 75116 Paris, France. The telephone number is 0033 1 56 52 85 00. Their website is www.civs.gouv.fr.
 

French Banks

As well as the claim schemes introduced by J P Morgan and Barclays (see Bank Accounts) the CIVS also pays compensation for dormant French bank accounts from two funds. Bank Fund A has been endowed with $50m and makes awards in respect of accounts found in archival research. Fund B with $22.5m pays standard $3,000 awards for accounts that were active prior to 1941 but where such evidence cannot be found. The deadline for Fund B claims expired in January 2003.
 

French Orphan Pension
 

The French government is paying a measure of compensation to orphans whose parents were deported from France during the Second World War.

Applications are restricted to people who were under twenty-one at the time and who had one or both parents murdered as a consequence of deportation by the French collaborationist authorities.

Precluded from an application are those victims who are already receiving a pension from either the German or Austrian government.

Those eligible will receive either a one-time payment of 180,000 Ffr (approx. £18,000) or a monthly pension of 3,000 Ffr (approx. £300).

Applications should be addressed to:

 

Ministere de la Defense
Direction des Statuts des Pensions et de la Reinsertion Sociale
Quartier Lorge
Rue Neuve de Bourg L'Abbey
BP 6140
14037 Caen Cedex
 
France
 


Alternatively, UK applicants can address applications to:

 

French Consulat General
21 Cromwell Road
London SW7 2EN
 


Evidence supporting the application must include a copy of their parent's deportation certificate together with copies of the applicant's birth certificate, signed affidavit as well as bank details. Copies of deportation or disappearance acts can be obtained from the Central Office or via:

 

Ministere de la Defense
Direction de la Memoire du Patrimoine et des Archives
Sous-Direction des Archives et des Bibilioteques
Bureau des Mentions
14 rue Saint-Dominique
00450- Armees
France

Hungary

Hungarian Government

The deadline to apply for the Hungarian government compensation programme expired on 31 December 2006. Under the terms of the law that provides for the compensation, the Hungarian government will make lump sum awards of $1,800 (HUF 400,000) to the living spouse, child or parent of a Holocaust victim who died due to the ‘political despotism of the Hungarian authority or an official person, or if the injured person died during deportation or forced labour ’.

In cases where there are no such living relatives then a living sibling is entitled to half the compensation amount.

Updates on applications submitted prior to the deadline should be sent to: The Central Compensation Office, 1116 Budapest, Hauszmann Alajos utca 1. The telephone number is 0036 1 371 8900, fax is 0036 1 371 89 12 and email information@karpotlas.hu  
 

The Netherlands

Dutch asset claims deadline extension

An extension to the deadline in respect of claims for the looting of safe-deposit boxes in Dutch banks has been announced. During the Second World War Jewish clients were charged for their deposit-boxes to be broken into. Claims must have been received by 1 July 2003.

To receive claim forms please write to: Foundation for Individual Securities Claims Shoah, Postbus 94200, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dutch bank and insurance claims

Now that negotiations involving Jewish representative groups with Dutch banks and, separately, the Dutch Association of Insurers, have been concluded, claims can be filed in respect of dormant Dutch bank accounts and unpaid insurance policies bought before the Second World War in The Netherlands.

Completed research has identified credit balances in more than 3,000 accounts held today in Dutch banks. The results of the investigation do not include the balances compulsorily transferred to the looting Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co (LiRo) bank during the Second World War.

Claims can be submitted until 31 December 2002. Further details and information about how to obtain the relevant application materials are available from the Stichting Individuele Bankaanspraken Sjoa, P.O. Box 60000, 1320 AA Almere, The Netherlands.

The Sjoa Foundation for Individual Insurance Claims was established in November 1999 and endowed with NLG 50 million (approx. £14.5m) from the Dutch Association of Insurers to settle outstanding policies.

To date, approximately 7,000 claims have been received with more than €700,000 (£440,000) distributed to rightful beneficiaries.

Under the terms of an agreement signed with the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC), the Sjoa Foundation will handle all Dutch claims received by ICHEIC.

Claims can be filed up to 1 January 2010. Application forms and further details are available from the Stichting Individuele Verzekeringsaanspraken Sjoa, PO Box 91475, 2509 EB, The Hague, The Netherlands. Additional information is available at www.stichting-sjoa.nl.
 

Further compensation for looting of assets in the Netherlands
 

The Foundation for Individual Securities Claims – established jointly by the Central Jewish Board in the Netherlands and the Israel Platform of formal Dutchman in Israel together with the Netherlands Bankers' Association, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange Association and the Amsterdam Exchanges N.V. – provides compensation for three specific losses:
 

  1. For the gap in the post-war restoration of securities rights – The missing 10% of compensation paid in 1953 by the Restoration of Securities Rights Guarantee Fund (Waarborgfonds Rechtsherstel) – at this time only 90% of securities stolen by the Nazis was paid.

    The Foundation has arranged to compensate for the incomplete restoration of rights by the Waarborgfonds. This provision does not cover looted securities for which no restitution was paid after the war.

    If you are a victim or the legal successor of a victim and can prove receipt of a payment from the Waarborgfonds Rechtsherstel after 1953, you may apply to the Foundation for compensation for this incomplete restoration of rights.

    If approved, applicants will receive 11.11% of the amount paid by the Waarborgfonds Rechtsherstel in 1953. The amount will be multiplied by 6.2, in keeping with the rise in cost of living since 1954.

     
  2. For the Puttkammer commission – Half of the commission charged to Jews who surrendered jewellery to Puttkammer during WWII in the hope of avoiding deportation is being refunded by the Foundation.

    During World War II Jews in the Netherlands paid enormous sums for Puttkammer stamps entitling them to temporary stays of deportation. Puttkammer received commission for mediating the issue of the stamps. If your name appears as one of the victims on the list published in the advertisement, or if you are the heir of a victim, you may apply to the Foundation for compensation for the commissions received by Puttkammer.

    Eligible applicants will receive 0.5% of the value received by Puttkammer from the original victim. To take into account the growth of the capital market, the amount will be multiplied by 27.5.

     
  3. Restitution of safe-deposit box expenses – During WWII banks charged their Jewish clients for having to break open their safe-deposit boxes. If you show that your safe-deposit box was broken open at the time, and that you were paid the cost, you will be eligible for a refund.

    In the Netherlands the Nazi forces broke open the safe-deposit boxes of Jews. Banks passed the charges of breaking them open on to the safe-deposit box holders. If as a victim or as the heir of a victim, you can substantiate that a safe-deposit box was broken open during World War II, you may apply to the Stichting for reimbursement for these charges.

    If approved, a reimbursement of ƒ 1,415 or € 642.10 for the charges for breaking open safe-deposit boxes will be paid.

Further information about these claim procedures is available by writing to Foundation for Individual Securities Claims Shoah, Postbus 94200, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

NB. Payments from the Foundation are separate from, and in no way interfere with, allocations from the Maror Foundation. Once awards have been made, any residual assets of the Foundation will be distributed to the Stichting Individuele Maror-gelden, the Stichting Maror-gelden Overheid and the Stichting Collectieve Maror-gelden Israël.
 

The Maror Foundation

Victims of Nazi persecution in the Netherlands are eligible to receive monies from a Dutch government scheme “in recognition of retrospectively identified shortcomings in the restoration of rights following World War II and the government’s conduct in this matter”.

The Stichting Maror-Gelden Overheid was created jointly in the spring of 2000 by Dutch Jewish organisations and the government of Holland and makes awards to Jewish targets of persecution who lived in Holland during the war and whose assets were looted during this period. Heirs of victims who died on or after 8 May 1945 are also eligible to apply.

From a total of NLG 764 million (approx. £220m) comprised of contributions from the Dutch government, banks, insurance companies and the stock exchange, each eligible person will receive a first payment of NLG 14,000 (approx. £4,000) with the possibility of a further grant once all applications have been received.

Owing to the uncertainty of the number of applicants a decision as to the total amount that will be received by each claimant has not yet been disclosed.

The deadline for submitting claims is 31 December 2001 and completed applications should be sent to: Maror Desk Netherlands, P0 Box 19008, 2500 CA The Hague, The Netherlands.

Additional information is available by contacting the Help desk by fax on +31 70 33 824 56.

Please click here for the full text of a letter written by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands to the Dutch Parliament commenting on the activities and conclusions of Committees set up to investigate the fate of assets belonging to Jewish vicitms of Nazi persecution in Holland during the Second world War.
 

Slovak Republic

Slovak Compensation Fund

A SKK 850 million (approximately £13.5m) fund has been established by the government of the Slovak Republic to provide compensation to Holocaust victims and to “finance projects concerning social and cultural needs of the Jewish community in Slovakia”.

The Council for the Compensation of Holocaust Victims in the Slovak Republic will pay compensation to those Holocaust victims (or their heirs) whose properties were aryanised during the Second World War on the territory of the wartime Slovak state and that part of Slovakia that was ‘awarded’ to Hungary in 1938 by a German and Italian brokered settlement.

Application forms and further information are available by contacting the Council at: Kancelaria Rady, P.O. Box 115, 820 05 Bratislava 25, Slovak Republic. The Council’s website is www.holocaustslovakia.sk and they can be reached on email at kancrada@stonline.sk.

The deadline to apply is 31 December 2003.
 

Switzerland

Dormant accounts

For information about the work of the Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) and to see a list of dormant accounts held in Swiss banks visit www.crt-ii.org

Swiss Refugee Programme

Applicants under the Refugees class of the Swiss bank settlement had 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."

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4RL. For assistance with the completion of application forms please telephone 020 8385 3070 for an appointment.