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BRAMA, February 7, 2002, 1 pm ET

Many Claimants Lack Sufficient Documentation
German expert Eberhard Hubrich appointed to Property Claims Commission

GENEVA, 7 February 2002 - Upon the expiration of the filing deadline on 31 December 2001 the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had received 14,000 completed claim forms and several thousand formless claims for property loss in the framework of the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme (GFLCP). "This figure by far exceeds the initial estimates," Dirk De Winter, the Director of the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme stresses and adds that, at this point in time it is impossible to say how many of these claims will be compensable.

The Property Claims Commission established under the German Foundation Act in Geneva in 2001 will now have to decide all the claims. A first review of the claims has shown that many lack documentation and that many claimants did not comply with the requirement to file their claim in one of the property loss programme's seven official languages. Although these circumstances will cause some delay, the Commission is still expected to decide all claims for property loss filed with IOM until the end of the year.

During the Property Claims Commission's recent session, the newly appointed German member of the Commission, Eberhard Hubrich, has taken up his duties. Eberhard Hubrich is a renowned expert on expropriated land and previous German compensation laws and a former Legal Advisor of the Federal Minister of Finances. Eberhard Hubrich is replacing Professor Gerold Herrmann, who had to give up his seat for health reasons. According to the German Foundation Act, the Commission consists of one member named by the State Department of the United States of America, one member named by the Finance Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany and a chairperson chosen by those two members. The latter are Professor Richard M. Buxbaum from the USA and, as the Chairman of the Commission, the President of the Swiss Arbitration Association, Dr. Pierre A. Karrer.

As one of the partner organizations of the German Foundation "Responsibility, Remembrance and Future", IOM has been allocated 200 million DEM (approx. 102 million EUR) to compensate property loss. Persons who suffered property loss with the essential, direct and harm-causing participation of German enterprises during the National Socialist era were entitled to file a claim. Additionally, claimants must either have suffered property loss as a consequence of persecution for their race, political convictions, faith or ideology and have not been able to participate in previous German

Government compensation and restitution programmes, or claimants must have lost their property in connection with Nazi wrongs, but not because of persecution. Certain heirs as well as religious communities and religious organizations are also eligible to compensation.

IOM is gradually closing down its direct hotline and claimant assistance services in field offices around the world. All potential claimants who have contacted IOM before 31 December 2001 will receive a claim form and will be able to still submit their claim within three months. Claimants who have already sent a claim are asked to be patient and to refrain from queries regarding its status, in the interest of all claimants.

For additional press information, please contact:
Marie-Agnes Heine, Public Information Officer, IOM/German Forced Labour Programme,
17, route des Morillons - P.O. Box 71, Tel: +41-22-7179220, Fax: +41-22-7986150 .
E-mail:, Internet:

In North America, Please contact:
Audrey Cash, Field Office Coordinator, IOM/German Forced Labour Compensation Programme
1752 N St., NW , Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.862.1826, ext. 232, Fax: 202.862.1879, E-mail:

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
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· 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 - Judge’s 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 - Остання інформація стосовно проблеми вирішення колективного позову, заявленого колишніми примусовими працівниками (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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