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Nazi Victims Can Start Filing Claims Against German Trust

Former Nazi victims who worked as slave laborers in the German IG-Farben factories were advised through the Official Gazette that beginning today they can register their claims against the German trust within a period of six months. The announcement in the official organ of the Bonn Government constitutes another important step toward implementation of the $7,000,000 settlement between the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the IG-Farben chemical corporation.

One-time inmates of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp who were employed in the IG-Farben synthetic-rubber factory at Buna-Monowitz or in other nearby IG-Farben plants at Fuerstengrube, Heydebreck and Janina should either themselves or through an attorney submit the necessary data to the IG-Farben Glaeubigermeldestelle (creditors’ registry office) at 55 Bockenheimer Landstrasse in Frankfurt, West Germany Where applications have already been entered in the past, they need not be repeated. To verify claims and later to administer payments, the Claims Conference has set up a special trusteeship corporation in Frankfurt.

After the registration period comes to a close at the end of the year, both the Claims Conference and the IG-Farben have three months during which they are entitled, under the terms of the contract, to nullify the $7,000,000 out-of-court settlement. If it is not repudiated by one of the two parties concerned, the Claims Conference trusteeship corporation will pro-rate more than $6,000,000 among the eligible Jewish survivors who have registered, with the individual payments to be varied in accordance with the length of the time during which slave labor was performed.

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