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Public Meetings for Recipients of Holocaust "Slave Labor" Compensation
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In response to a request by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Agudath Israel World Organization -- the Conference's sole Orthodox member -- is endeavoring to provide eligible Orthodox Jewish survivors with information about a recently ratified "slave labor" settlement.

Along with the Claims Conference and several other groups, Agudath Israel World Organization will be co-sponsoring open meetings on Sunday, February 4 in New York City locations to explain to prospective beneficiaries the workings of the settlement, which was recently signed by German government and German industry and establishes a $5 billion fund to provide former World War II concentration camp and ghetto forced workers with compensation payments of up to $7500 each. However, most of the slave laborers during the Holocaust were not Jewish.

In addition to information about the fund established by the German Economic Foundation, those in attendance will be provided with applications forms and assistance in completing them.

Professor Moishe Zvi Reicher, Agudath Israel World Organization's director of international affairs and United Nations Representative, notes that the Foundation will make payments as well to heirs of former confined forced workers who passed away on or after February 16, 1999, and that payments will be made by the Fund to eligible Jewish recipients through the Claims Conference.

Those already receiving monthly payments from the German government, the Agudath Israel leader points out, should have already been notified by mail of the slave labor settlement, and been provided with an abbreviated application form.

The public meetings taking place in Brooklyn will be held at Agudath Israel' s Boro Park Senior Center (5602 11th Ave.) from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm; Congregation Anshe Sfard (4502 14th Ave.) from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm; Agudath Israel's Brookdale Senior Center (817 Ave. H) from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm; and at Murrow High School (1600 Ave. L) from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Other meetings on Sunday will take place in Queens and Manhattan, and others still in Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island on other days this week and next. Details can be obtained from Agudath Israel at (212) 797- 9000.

Applications can be obtained directly from the Claims Conference as well, by calling 212 696-4944, according to Agudath Israel, and all applications must be received by August 11, 2001.

A special meeting is being planned as well by Agudath Israel World Organization for representatives of kehillos, to discuss the slave labor settlement and other restitution efforts with Claims Conference officials, and to enlist kehillos in efforts to help their members apply for funds to which they are entitled.


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