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PROPERTY CLAIMS FOR KINDERTRANSPORT VICTIMS

Last updated: 2003-03-10

The Board of Deputies has requested the Claims Conference to publish its register of reclaimed East German property in order to help survivors of the Kindertransports who came to the UK as children in 1938 and 1939.

After the reunification of Germany, the Claims Conference became heir to some 8,089 unclaimed or heirless properties in the former East Germany. This list of properties has never been published, and it is entirely possible that some of them may have been owned by the families of Kindertransport children.

Board Director General Neville Nagler has written to the Claims Conference urging publication of the register. He commented:
“Those who came to the UK as children immediately before the War are extremely unlikely to have any documents relating to family properties back in Germany. But it is possible that they will know the address of their family home. Although the formal process for submitting claims ended some years ago, we would hope that if the relevant information is published it might be possible for them to submit late claims in respect of the properties in East Germany recently acquired by the Claims Conference.”