Sources of Information and Application Forms for Claimants*

(November 24, 1999)


Listed below are the addresses, fax, and telephone numbers (including e-mail and Internet sites when available) of private and governmental organizations that are currently assisting with claims, compensation, and restitution of Holocaust-era assets (works of art, dormant bank accounts, unpaid insurance claims, property, etc.).

Allianz Insurance Group--There is no address listed but they do provide a 24-hour, multi-lingual help line for claimants seeking recovery of payments from property, casualty, and life insurance policies from this German company at 1-800-411-0118.

American Jewish Committee Research Department (regarding restitution of Jewish property in Central and Eastern Europe):
 

American Jewish Committee Research Department

Tel: 212-751-4000

165 East 56th Street

New York, NY 10022-2746

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) for restitution for needy Holocaust victims in the United States who resided in the former Eastern Bloc during and after World War II from the "International Fund for Needy Victims of Nazi Persecution." This fund was created by the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and other nations during the London Nazi Gold Conference, December 1997. For claims in the United States contact:
 

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Tel: (212) 687-6200

711 3rd Avenue

Fax: (212) 682-7262

New York, NY 10017-4014

E-mail: info@jdcny.org

Argentina -- Commission of Enquiry into the Activities of Nazism in Argentina (CEANA) [in Spanish, Comisión para el Esclarecimiento de las Actividades del Nazismo en la República Argentina (CEANA)]. An international panel of 17 members and 10 research units was created by President Carlos Menem on May 6, 1997, to investigate Argentina's role in aiding escaped Nazi criminals, the transfer of looted Nazi treasures, and other wartime dealings with the Third Reich. All final reports from the 10 research units are expected by the end of June 1999. Contact them at:
 

Comisión para el Esclarecimiento de las Actividades del Nazismo en la República Argentina (CEANA)

Reconquista 1088

Internet at: [http://www.ceana.org.ar]

1023 Capital Federal

ATTN: Guido Di Tella, President (Foreign Minister of Argentina)

Art Loss Register (regarding stolen or missing works of art) contact:

The Art Loss Register

Tel: (212) 262-4831

666 Fifth Avenue, 21st Floor

Fax: (212) 262-4838

New York, NY 10103

E-mail: alrnewyork@aol.com

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Italy's largest insurance company) for application forms to file insurance claims or to request an archival research contact them at:
 

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

Tel: 1-800-456-8174

Policy Information Center

45 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 200

New York, NY 10111-0100

Austrian Bank Claims for dormant account claims in Austrian banks contact:

Austrian Bank Holocaust Litigation

c/o Plaintiffs Class Counsel

E-mail at: questions@austrianbankclaims.com

P.O. Box 1650

Internet at: [http://www.austrianbankclaims.com]

Philadelphia, PA 19105-1650 USA

 Austrian National Fund for the Victims of National Socialism
Thus far, 23,296 persons in 65 countries have received assistance through the fund.
Application for compensation may be made through the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. by contacting:
 

Mrs. Ingrid Richardson

Tel: (202) 895-6719

Consular Attache for Legal and Social Security Affairs

Fax: (202) 895-6772

Embassy of Austria

E-mail: austroinfo@austria.org

3524 International Court, NW

Internet at: [http://www.austria.org/]

Washington, D.C. 20008-3035

(British Government) Enemy Property Payment Scheme

During World War II, the British government confiscated property in the United Kingdom belonging to residents of countries that were at war with Britain and her allies. Unfortunately, some of the property confiscated belonged to victims of the Holocaust and was not returned to the rightful owners after the war. Information on filing a claim can be obtained from the Panel Secretariat at:
 

The Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel

 Tel: +44 171 215 3485

Bay 116-118

Fax: +44 171 215 3487

10 Victoria Street

E-mail address: property.enemy@frmd.dti.gov.uk

London SW1H 0NN

Internet at: [http://www.enemyproperty.gov.uk]

United Kingdom

California Holocaust Insurance Settlement Alliance contact:

California Department of Insurance

Tel: 1-888-234-4636

ATTN: Leslie Tick or Risa Salat-Kolm

Internet at: [www.insurance.ca.gov]

California Department of Insurance

45 Fremont Street, 23rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

Claims for Jewish Slave-Labour Compensation
This association represents Jewish ghetto and concentration camp survivors who, during the Holocaust, were forcibly used by the Third Reich and German firms as slave labor in Germany and other nations occupied by the Nazis during World War II. Contact information in the United States is currently unavailable.
 

Claims for Jewish Slave-Labour Compensation

Tel: 01483 751541

6 Poole Road

Fax: 01483 771137

Woking, Surrey

GU21 1DY, United Kingdom

Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll--two law offices in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington. For information on the $1.25 million lawsuit against Swiss banks on dormant war-era bank accounts and pending litigation on World War II-era slave laborers contact:
 

Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.

Tel: (202) 408-4600

1100 New York Avenue, N.W.

Fax: (202) 408-4699

Suite 500, West Tower

E-mail at lawinfo@cmht.com

Washington, D.C. 20005

Internet at: [http://www.cmht.com/]

Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.

Tel: (206) 521-0080

999 Third Avenue, Suite 3600

Fax: (206) 521-0166

Seattle, Washington 98104

Commission for Art Recovery for a copy of a claim form and instructions contact:

Commission for Art Recovery

Tel: (212) 521-0102

767 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4600

Fax: (212) 319-8681

New York, NY 10153

E-mail: claims@rslmgmt.com

Internet at: [http://www.wjc-artrecovery.org/].

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasury Department

Anyone from the state of Pennsylvania with reason to believe that assets deposited in Swiss banks between January 1, 1933, and May 9, 1945, belonging to them or a relative to which they are an heir are urged to contact this office. Also, persons with claims on insurance policies issued by a European insurance company prior to and during World War II should contact this office as well. Unfortunately, no address is currently available.

Tel: 1-800-379-3999

Internet at: [http://www.treasury.state.pa.us/DefaultASearch.html]

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (a.k.a "Claims Conference") in the United States:
 

Mr. Gideon Taylor, Executive Director

Tel: (212) 696-4944

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

Fax: (212) 679-2126

5 East 26th Street, Suite 906

E-mail: claimscon@aol.com

New York, NY 10010

Dormant Swiss Bank Accounts--for information on claims contact:

Ernst & Young, LLP

Tel: 1-800-662-7708

"Dormant Accounts"

P.O. Box 1880 Radio City Station

New York, NY 10101-1880

Dormant Accounts in Switzerland
Applicants must write a short letter asking for the dormant account questionaire. Please indicate in which language you prefer the questionaire to be written. Additional information on how to pursue a claim on a dormant account is Switzerland is available from the Swiss Embassy at (202) 745-7900 (phone) or (202) 387-2564 (fax).
If You wish to make a claim on a dormant account you believe to be held by a bank in Switzerland, pleas contact the following:

Swiss Banking Ombudsman

Tel: 011 41 213-1460

Schweizergasse 21

Fax: 011 41 1 210-3720

Postfach 8021

Zurich, Switzerland

Embassy of Switzerland

Tel: 1-800-662-7708

2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W.

Tel: (202) 745-7900

Washington, D.C. 20008

Fax: (202) 387-2564

Internet at: [http://www.swissemb.org/].

(German) Article 2 Fund
This fund was created to compensate Jewish victims in the former East Germany after the reunification of Germany. This decision was formalized in Article 2 of the "Agreement on the Enactment and Interpretation of the Unification Treaty" of September 18, 1990, that unified Germany. Applications for compensation under the Article 2 Fund are still being accepted. Jewish victims of Nazi persecution are eligible if they: 1) were 6 months or longer in a concentration camp or 18 months or longer in a ghetto or 18 months or longer in hiding; and 2) received no more than DM 10,000 in previous compensation; and 3) currently live under difficult financial circumstances. If eligible, compensation is a lifetime pension in the amount of DM 500 per month. Interested parties should request an application from:
 

Article 2 Fund

Claims Conference

15 East 26th Street, Room 906

New York, NY 10010

(German) Hardship Fund
Applications for compensation under the Hardship Fund are still being accepted. Compensation is available to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution who have received no previous compensation and currently live under difficult financial conditions. Compensation under the Hardship Fund consists of a one-time payment of DM 5000. Contact the following:
 

Hardship Fund

Claims Conference

15 East 26th Street, Room 906

New York, NY 10010

Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) at:

National Jewish Museum/HARP

Tel: (202) 857-6583

1640 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20036-3278

Holocaust Claims Processing Office, New York State Banking Department at:

New York State Banking Department

Tel: 1-800-695-3318 (in the U.S.)

Holocaust Claims Processing Office

Fax: (212) 618-6908

2 Rector Street

E-mail address: claimsques@banking.state.ny.us

New York, NY 10006

Internet at: [http://claims.state.ny.us].

Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP) a.k.a. Volcker Commission: The Independent Committee of Eminent Persons

20 rue de Candolle (3rd Floor)

E-mail address: info@icep-iaep.org

1205 Geneva, Switzerland

Internet at: [www.icep-iaep.org]

International Commission on Holocaust Insurance Claims (ICHEIC). For World War II-era insurance claims, contact the address and telephone number listed below. Please note: Residents of California, Florida, New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania should contact their state insurance commissioners for further updates.
 

International Commission on Holocaust Insurance Claims

Tel: (202) 289-4100

1300 L Street, N.W., Suite 1150

Fax: (202) 289-4101

Washington, D.C. 20005

Internet at: [http://www.ICHEIC.org]

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) contact:

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Tel: (202) 624-7790

444 North Capitol Street, Suite 701

Fax: (202) 624-8579

Washington, D.C. 20001-1512

E-mail address: mhennosy@naic.org

Internet at: [http://www.naic.org].

Norwegian Compensation Fund established by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice
for persons who suffered anti-Jewish measures in Norway during World War II. Deadline for applications is November 1, 1999. Application forms are available from:
 

Civil Department of the Ministry of Justice

Tel: +47 22 24 54 51

P.O. Box 8005 Dep 0030

Fax: +47 22 24 27 22

Olso, Norway

Internet at: [http://odin.dep.no/repub/97-98/stprp/82/engelsk/]

Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States

A non-partisan commission of 21 members established by Public Law 105-186, "to conduct a thorough study and develop a historical record of any assets obtained from Holocaust victims that came in possession or control of the United States government." The commission will submit reports and recommendations to the President of the United States for further administrative or legislative action. They can be contacted at:
 

Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States

Coordinator: Stu Loeser

Tel: (202) 435-8126

901 15th Street N.W., Suite 350

Fax: (202) 371-5678

Washington, D.C. 20005

Internet at [http://www.pcha.gov/]

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

Tel: +41 (0) 61 295-9393

Box 4182

Fax: +41 (0) 272-5382

4002 Basle, Switzerland

Internet at: [http://www.dormantaccounts.ch]

Swiss Bureau on Looted Art contact:

Dr. Andrea F.G. Raschèr, J.D.

Tel. +41 31 322 03 25

Contact Bureau on Looted Art

Fax +41 31 322 92 73

Federal Office of Culture

E-mail: andrea.rascher@bak.admin.ch

Hallwylstr. 15, CH-3003 Berne, Switzerland

Swiss Holocaust Task Force (officially disbanded on March 31, 1999)

EDA

Tel: +41 (0) 31 323-0486

3003 Berne, Switzerland

Fax: +41 (0) 31 323-0839

Internet at [http://www.switzerland.taskforce.ch/]

Swiss Special Fund for Needy Victims of the Holocaust/Shoah

This fund was created in February 1997 by the Swiss Federal Council to assist needy victims in the United States, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Note: new applications are no longer being accepted. On February 26, 1999, checks of $502 each were mailed to accepted applicants. The notification letters to those applicants who did not meet the eligibility criteria were also mailed on that date. Final judgement on disputed claims was made in August 1999.
 

Swiss Special Fund for Needy Victims of the Holocaust/Shoah

Waaghausgasse 18

Tel: ++41 (0) 31 325-1239

3003 Berne, Switzerland

Fax: ++41 (0) 31 323-2300

United Restitution Organization provides legal assistance for individuals in claims against Germany, for a nominal fee. Contact them at:

United Restitution Organization

Tel: (212) 921-3860

570 7th Avenue

Fax: (212) 575-1918

Suite 1106

New York, NY 10018

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Tel: (202) 488-0400

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20024

Internet at [http://www.ushmm.org/index.html]

The World Jewish Congress (WJC), American Section

Tel (212) 755-5770

501 Madison Avenue, 17th Floor

Fax: (212) 755-5883

New York, NY 10022-5602

 Internet at: [http://www.virtual.co.il/orgs/orgs/wjc/]

The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) is headquartered in Israel:

Mr. Eliyahu Spanic, Director General

Tel: (972-2) 561-2497/8

World Jewish Restitution Organization

Fax: (972-2) 561-2496

Radak 7, Jerusalem 92301, Israel

Internet at: [http://ja-wzo.org.il/wjro/whoweare.html]


*Prepared by Barbara A. Salazar, Information Research Specialist, Information Research Division.


Source: Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for the U.S. House International Relations Committee.