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Poland to enact restitution legislation

According to media reports, the government of Poland is committing itself to introducing property restitution legislation by the end of 2008. Although reports refer to property restitution, it is thought that the bill would provide compensation of 20 percent of a property’s value to former owners, both Jewish and non-Jewish. The law would apply to properties seized during the Second World War. …read more

Article II Fund improvements

The Claims Conference has announced major improvements in the eligibility criteria for the Article II Fund. The Fund provides the equivalent of a compensation pension to Holocaust survivors who were interned in ghettos or concentration camps. …read more

Claims Conference secures additional payments for Holocaust survivors

Nearly $100 Million in Additional Payments to be Made Over 10 Years

In its annual negotiations today with the German government, the Claims Conference obtained eligibility for monthly pension payments for an estimated additional 1,500 Holocaust survivors and secured increases in the amounts of payments to survivors in Eastern Europe. Today’s negotiations will result in nearly $100 million in additional compensation payments over the next decade.

Western European Victims

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Bank charges

At the instigation of the AJR, the British Bankers Association has produced a set of guidelines to ensure that no commission charges should be deducted from compensation payments made to Holocaust survivors or their heirs living in Great Britain. If charges are taken, the BBA guidelines (click here) explain how to apply for a refund. …link

Pension life certificates

The AJR is now able to notarise life certificates for all German and Austrian social security and compensation pensions. …link

French railway litigation

In a setback to the families of Holocaust victims hoping to claim compensation from the French government and railways (SNCF) a judge, at the end of March, overturned a ruling that French railways must compensate the family of a Jewish man transported to an internment camp in Nazi-occupied France. …read more

Austrian restitution website

Austria has created an online database containing information about objects of art and other cultural items that were likely to have been expropriated between 1938 and 1945, when Austria became a part of Nazi Germany. …read more

Generali insurance

Although the deadline to submit applications for an insurance policy sold by the Italian insurer, Assicurazioni Generali, expired on 31 March 2007, it still might be possible to submit a claim until June 2008 provided the claims are based on documents obtained from the ITS archive, see above story. …read more