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Department Seal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the German Foundation
" Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future"

Fact Sheet, Released by the Office of Holocaust Assets Issues
Bureau of European Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC, August 18, 2000
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What is the foundation?

In July 2000, the Federal Republic of Germany passed a law establishing the foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future." The foundation is to distribute payments from the foundation's capital of DM 10 billion to partner organizations that will distribute the funds to qualified claimants.

Who is eligible to file a claim?

The German law considers claims by actual victims for the following:

  • Labor performed while detained in a concentration camp or concentration camp-like facility during the Nazi era. (The heirs of those laborers who died after February 15, 1999, are also eligible to file.)

  • Labor performed while detained in a labor camp -- prison-like or extremely harsh living conditions -- during the Nazi era. (The heirs of those laborers who died after February 15, 1999, are also eligible to file.)

  • Injuries to or death of a child lodged in a home for children of forced laborers, damage incurred through medical experimentation, and other non-labor related personal injuries suffered during the Nazi era.
The German law allows for claims by victims or their heirs for the following:
  • Property loss or damage caused by German companies during the Nazi era, including claims against German banks and insurance companies.
Do I need legal assistance to file a claim?

Throughout the 18 months of negotiations leading to the establishment of the foundation, the negotiating parties emphasized that the application process should be non-bureaucratic and non-adversarial. It is, therefore, NOT necessary for applicants to retain legal counsel to assist in filing applications.

How can I file a claim?

Under the German law, the foundation is authorized to carry out the disbursement function based upon the place of residence of the eligible applicants. The foundation began operating on August 12, 2000 and has not yet prepared application forms. Until the forms are ready, applicants may provide name and complete address information to one of the following organizations that can provide application forms when they become available:

Current residents of Russia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belarus or Poland should submit applications to the respective Reconciliation Foundations established by the Federal Republic of Germany in each of those countries. Residents of Latvia and Lithuania should submit applications to the Reconciliation Foundation for the Russian Federation. Residents of Estonia should submit applications to the Reconciliation Foundation for Belarus. Residents of Moldova should submit applications to the Ukrainian National Reconciliation Foundation. The contact information for these Reconciliation Foundations is listed below.

Current residents of the U.S. or any other country not mentioned in the previous paragraph should submit applications using the following guidelines:

  • Jewish victims should submit applications to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

  • Non-Jewish victims should submit applications to the International Organization for Migration
Please note that the deadline for filing claims is April 11, 2001, unless otherwise indicated by the organization.

Contact information is as follows:

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
15 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
U.S.A.
Telephone: +1-212-696-4944
Fax: +1-212 679-2126

Sophienstrasse 26
60487 Frankfurt-am-Main
Germany
Telephone:   +49-69-72-0721

18 Gruzenberg Street
P.O. Box 29254
65251 Tel Aviv Israel
Telephone:  +972-3-517-9247

Website: www.claimscon.org
Email:: info@ClaimsCon.org

International Organization for Migration
Slave and Forced Labour Compensation Project
1752 N Street NW
Washington DC 20036
USA Telephone:  +1-202-862-1826
Fax:  +1-202-862-1879

17 Route des Morillons, C.P. 71
CH-1211 Geneva 9
Switzerland
Telephone:  +41-22-7179235
Fax:   +41-22-7986150

Website:  www.compensation-for-forced-labour.org Email: compensation@iom.int

Reconciliation Foundations

Belarus:
Reconciliation Foundation for Belarus
ul. Jakuba Kolassa 39a
220013 Minsk, Belarus
Telephone:  +375-17-26-83-183
Fax:  +375-17-21-00-171

Czech Republic:
Reconciliation Foundation for the Czech Republic
Na Kazance 634/7
17101 Prague, Czech Republic
Telephone:  +420-2-838-505-12
Fax:  +420-2-838-505-03

Poland:
German-Polish Reconciliation Foundation
ul. Krucza 36
00-921 Warsaw, Poland
Telephone:   +48-22-629-73-35
Fax:   +48-22-629-52-78

Russia:
Reconciliation Foundation for the Russian Federation
Stolowy Pereulok 6
121069 Moscow, Russia
Fax:   +7-095-291-10-48

Ukraine:
Ukrainian National Reconciliation Foundation Wuliza Frunse 15
01080 Kiev, Ukraine
Fax:  +380-44-462-50-06

Where can I get more information?

Texts of the documents signed in Berlin on July 17, 2000, and other documents relating to the Holocaust are available at both the websites:
U.S. Embassy in Berlin and
Department of State

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