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Service effected for all decisions on compensation for victims of National Socialism

Press Release of February 4, 2014

The Claims Committee of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism announces that decisions on applications for the compensation of assets have been served by deposit with the Secretary General. The following was published (in German) in the Wiener Zeitung on 1 February 2014: more...


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Announcement regarding the deposit of documents

Vienna, 1 January 2014 All decisions of the Claims Committee which could not be serviced by 31 December 2013 and as such have not become legally binding are served by deposit with the Secretary General of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism as of 1 January 2014 pursuant to Sec. 22a (para. 5) of the Rules of Procedure of the Claims Committee. Service of the deposited decisions shall be considered as having been effected as of 1 February 2014. more...

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Austrian National Exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum to be Closed. / The National Fund is publishing a renewed call to tender for a Curator and a Scientific Director.

Press release 22 October 2013 Vienna/Auschwitz – On 22 October, the Austrian national exhibition at the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland) will be closed until further notice. more...

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Announcement concerning the deposit of documents with the Secretary General, ensuring the anonymity of the beneficiaries

Vienna, June 27, 2013 After ten years, the Claims Committee of the General Settlement Fund ('the Fund') has almost completed its task. Following the amendment to the law on the Fund (Federal Law Gazette I no. 9/2013) the Claims Committee is now in the position to bring its functions to an end and to fulfill its legal mandate to transfer the remaining funds to the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for programs benefitting victims of National Socialism. more...

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Federal President Heinz Fischer and Secretary General Hannah Lessing (c) Peter Lechner/HBF

Secretary General Hannah Lessing receives the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and the Arts

Press Release of May 28, 2013 Next Monday, 03.06.2013, Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria, the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism and the Fund for the Restoration of the Jewish cemeteries in Austria will be awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and the Arts by Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer. more...

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Press Releases Arbitration Panel

Press Release Decision No. 1034/2014

Leoben, Judendorf On 6 March 2014, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution granted two applications for in rem restitution of a partial area of a historical property parcel in Leoben, cadastral district ("KG) Judendorf on their merits. As in rem restitution is not possible, the Arbitration Panel will set the amount of a comparable asset in a supplementary decision. The applications for in rem restitution of two partial areas of the historical property parcel in Leoben, Judendorf were rejected as the partial areas had not constituted publicly-owned property on the cut off day. Furthermore, an application for in rem restitution of another property in Leoben, KG Judendorf was rejected as this property had not been publicly-owned on 17 January 2001 either. more...

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Press Release Decision No. 1033/2014

Vienna, Döbling On 6 March 1914, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution rejected an application for in rem restitution of a historical property in Vienna, Döbling as it had already been restituted in 1951. more...

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Press Release Decision No. 1006/2013

Vienna, Innere Stadt and Hernals On 11 December 2013, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution rejected an application for in rem restitution of three properties in Vienna. The two properties in Hernals had not been publicly-owned on 17 January 2001 and the property in the Innere Stadt, which was used as the headquarters of the Gestapo ("Secret State Police") Head Office Vienna from 1938 to 1945, had not been owned by the legal predecessor of the applicant. more...

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Press Release Decision No. 1005/2013

Lower Austria, Kottingbrunn and Klosterneuburg and Vienna, Dornbach On 11 December 2013, the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution recommended the in rem restitution of a property parcel in Kottingbrunn, which forms part of the Südautobahn and is owned by the Republic of Austria, as it assessed a settlement reached in 1957 regarding this property to be "extremely unjust". The applications for in rem restitution of other properties in Kottingbrunn were rejected as the properties had already been restituted in the 1950s or were the subject of settlements which were not assessed to be "extremely unjust". The applications for in rem restitution of two properties in Vienna, Dornbach and Klosterneuburg were rejected as they were not publicly-owned on the cut off day, 17 January 2001. more...

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