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Deadline extended on fund for Nazi victims

Last updated: 2003-09-02

victims of nazi terror

Victims of Nazi terror

The Austrian Reconciliation Fund has agreed to extend its filing deadline until 31 December 2003 to ensure that the maximum number of victims of Nazi terror have the opportunity to apply for restitution.

The Fund, which was constituted on 20 December 2000 by the Austrian Federal Government, provides payments to former slave and forced laborers of the Nazi regime on the territory of present-day Austria. It is estimated that there are about 150,000 people who are entitled to such payments. The Fund, which is endowed with 436 million Euros, has currently approved over 104,000 applications from former slave and forced laborers.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: “Whilst the suffering of victims of the Nazi regime is irreparable, it is essential that those who can be compensated in some way receive their due payment. We appreciate the work undertaken by the Austrian Government to seek a proper solution to the issue of Nazi forced labour. The extended deadline will provide the opportunity for those who have not yet applied for restitution to do so. It is imperative that the victims of the Nazi regime are not forgotten and that their just claims are recognised and fulfilled.”