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Jewish Congress Urges Americans to File Claims on Property in Poland

Americans whose property in Poland was nationalized or otherwise taken should file registration forms with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission in Washington as soon as possible, it was urged today by spokesmen of the American and World Jewish Congresses. Information about possible claims against Poland is urgently needed by the Commission in preparation for imminent discussions between the U.S. and Poland, it was stressed.

In recommending immediate action by U. S. citizens who have property in Poland, Dr. Nehemiah Robinson, director of the WJC Institute of Jewish Affairs, pointed out that the submission of registration forms does not constitute a formal claim for compensation. However, failure to apply for registration of a claim may prejudice the claimant’s right to possible compensation in the future. The deadline for filing the registration forms expires on October 1, 1957.

Data on American property claims are now being compiled by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission as a basis for future negotiations with Poland. According to an agreement reached between the U.S. and Poland in June, the Polish Government pledged that it would begin negotiations on U.S. property claims at an early date.

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