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U.S. Jews to Be Assisted in Filing Property Claims Against Poland

The Club of Polish Jews here today announced that it will assist Jewish claimants of Polish origin to register claims with the United States Government against Poland arising out of the nationalization of their property in Poland.

The announcement, made by Maximilian Friede, president of the organization of Polish Jews in New York, followed the request by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the U. S. that American citizens should register such claims with the Commission. The registration must be filed not later than October 1, 1957. The Club of Polish Jews will assist the claimants in completing the required forms.

The Governments of the U. S. and Poland recently agreed to hold discussions for the purpose of arriving at a lump sum settlement of certain claims arising out of the nationalization or other taking by the Polish authorities of the property, directly or indirectly owned by U. S. nationals. All claims of this type should therefore be registered with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission by potential claimants.

The information is to be submitted on special forms issued by the Commission. It will be used in the preparation of statistical reports which will form the basis for further discussion with respect to such claims. The registration by submission of these forms does not constitute at this time a formal claim for compensation. However, failure to apply for registration of a claim may prejudice the right to possible compensation in the future. Documents need not be submitted with this form.