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BRAMA, March 13, 2001, 9:00am EST

German Forced Labour Compensation Program IOM

IOM is ready to make payments as soon as legal peace is established
Recent US Court decision may further delay compensation

Geneva, 9 March 2001 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is ready to make payments to former slave or forced labourers as soon as the German parliament proclaims that legal peace for German enterprises has been established. But, Dirk de Winter, the Director of IOMs German Forced Labour Programme cautions, "the decision by US Federal Judge Kram not to dismiss the still pending class-action lawsuit against German banks could further block us from making any payments to the already aged Holocaust victims."

On 7 March, Federal Judge Shirley Wohl Kram in New York refused to dismiss the class-action suit that is standing in the way of the establishment of adequate legal security for German enterprises as required by the German Foundation Act. Judge Kram has stressed that it was unjust to dismiss the lawsuit without an assurance that the German Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" would be fully funded. While the German Government has already transferred its share of the 5 billion Deutsche Mark to the Foundation, German industry has so far only contributed part of the 5 billion Deutsche Mark it agreed to make available. The Foundation was set up jointly by the German Government and the German industry as the exclusive forum for the resolution of any Nazi-related labour and property claims against German entities.

As one of the Foundations partner organizations, IOM has already compiled a database with names and addresses of 144,101 eligible claimants. These claimants are non-Jewish victims who do not live in the Czech Republic, Poland, the Russian Federation or a country that was a republic of the former Soviet Union. Over 16,500 claims for slave labour, forced labour, personal injury or death of a child have already been filed with the Organization. Instead of the initially expected 75,000 claimants from the so-called "rest of the world", IOM now anticipates to receive up to 200,000 claimants.

For additional information, please contact:
Marie-Agnes Heine, Public Information Officer, IOM/German Forced Labour Programme,
17, route des Morillons - P.O. Box 7, Tel: +41-22-7179220, Fax: +41-22-7986150, Internet:

Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor
Class Action Litigation
Present status of the German settlement
· German Settlement Documents
· International Organization for Migration (IOM) Forced Labor Website IOM Holocaust Victim Assets Programme (Swiss Banks) and German Forced Labour Compensation Programme

· Austrian Settlement Documents
· Austrian Application Notice

· Forced/Slave Labor Homepage
· Brama's UkraiNewstand
· News and Related Forced Labor & Holocaust Assets sites
Press Releases
· Sep 27 02 - US Court Increases Payments Under Swiss Banks Settlement; IOM will increase by 45% the amounts distributed to members of Slave Labour Class I and the Refugee Class [IOM]
· Sep 23 02 - IOM Pays Slave Labourers Under Swiss Banks Settlement: 436 members of certain persecuted groups have received full payment for their claims [IOM]
· Jul 26 02 - Extended Hotline Hours Improve IOM Service for German Forced Labor Claimants [IOM]
· Jun 15 02 - 17,000 slave and forced laborers worldwide have received first payments through IOM [IOM]
· Feb 7 02 - Many Claimants Lack Sufficient Documentation [IOM]
· Feb 1 02 - UECC (Philadelphia) is processing applications for Austrian Compensation
· Jan 30 02 - IOM paid almost 10 percent of presumably eligible claims
· Aug 22 01 - New Filing Deadline For Claims Under Swiss Banks Settlement
· May 10 01 - Judge Kram grants Central and East European countries request for emergency relief
· Mar 13 01 - IOM is ready to make payments but Recent US Court decision may further delay compensation
· Mar 7 01 - Judges decision not to dismiss Holocaust banking cases should not deter forced laborers from filing applications
· Mar 7 01 - U.S. Court Decision on Holocaust-Era Payments
· Jan 17 01 - Ukrainian American lawyer receives Presidential recognition
· Oct 29 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Compensation Agreements Signed
· Oct 29 00 - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Maidannyk's speech at the signing of the Ukrainian-Austrian agreements
· Oct 18 00 - Update on German and Austrian Forced Labor Class Action Litigation
· Oct 18 00 - , (UkrCP1251)
· Jul 19 00 - Forced/Slave Labor Accord Signed After Lengthy Negotiations
· May 22 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Negotiations Progress Quickly
· Apr 21 00 - Questions regarding applying for forced labor compensation
· Jan 5 00 - Slave/forced Labor Settlement Reached
· Nov 30 99 - German Forced Labor Settlement at a Crossroads
· Oct 10 99 - Germans offer 6 Billion Marks as compensation to WW II victims
· Sept 15 99, Press Release - Appeal to Ukrainian Forced/Slave Laborers
· Aug 15 99, Press Release - Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor Class Action Litigation
· Aug 12 99, Press Release - Reparations Sought by Ukrainian Slave Laborers

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