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British Order Registration of Property in Germany Seized During Nazi Regime

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The British military authorities in Germany today issued an order which is expected to facilitate the restitution of Jewish property. the order provides for the registration of all property seized or transferred under dress during the Nazi regime and, at the same time, sets up a procedure for claiming property lost under such conditions.

The proclamation orders all persons in possession of property which since Jan 30, 1933 was taken from anybody under duress for reasons of race, nationality, relization or political reasons to declare such property to the local German authorities within six months. Similar declarations must be made by anybody with knowledge of each transactions. Declarations by persons within the British zone pertaining to property in Berlin or areas outside the zone must be filed in triplicate with the property control authorities at Bad Nenndorf, Niedersachsen.

Persons who lost their property during the Nazi regime must file a claim before Jan, 1, 1949 with the authorities at Ban Nenndorf, if they wish it to be considered. The proclamation stated that many such claims made by persons now residing outside Germany lacked sufficient information to permit validation. It suggests the ##imants check with the British Foreign Office for advice on what information to include with the claim.

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