IOM AND THE POLISH AMERICAN
CONGRESS JOIN EFFORTS TO REACH FORMER LABORERS UNDER THE NAZI
Migration (IOM) and the Polish American Congress (PAC) have
recently formalized efforts to reach Polish-speaking Americans who
were victimized under the Nazi regime during World War II and who
may qualify for compensation from a new German Foundation.
As part of a worldwide information campaign, the IOM is
reaching out to various associations that can act as multipliers
for the disbursement of information concerning the German Forced
Labor Compensation Program. In
the United States, where a number of potential claimants are
members of the Polish-speaking immigrant community, the IOM has
arranged for the Polish American Congress to operate a helpline. Using guidelines translated into Polish by the IOM, PAC
staff will begin assisting potential Polish-speaking claimants who
wish to make application to the IOM.
(February 16, 2001) The International Organization on
Migration (IOM) in early February signed a formal agreement with
the Polish American Congress to reach Polish speaking survivors,
living in the US, Canada and the Caribbean, who were victimized
under the Nazi Regime during World War II, and who may qualify for
compensation. Eligible claimants will be paid up to $7500 for
slave laborers, up to $2500 per person for
forced laborers and up to $1000 for agricultural workers, who
were taken from their homes and forced to work for the Germans
during World War II. The IOM has been
selected by the German Foundation to process applications and pay
claims to those survivors currently living in "the Rest of
the World" category, meaning outside the former Soviet bloc
countries of Central Europe. Deadline for
submitting applications is August 11, 2001.
date, over 130,536 non-Jewish claimants from over 40 countries have
contacted the IOM worldwide. Some 6,779 of these potential
applicants reside within the United States and Canada.
claimants residing in Canada, the United States or the Caribbean
may contact IOM Washington:
866 443 5187
Organization for Migration
1752 N St., NW Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036
tel no: 1 866 443 5187
By fax: 202 862 1879
Polish speaking applicants in Canada and the United States may contact
the Polish American Congress helpline:
free: 1 866 480 1944
If you are Jewish, and would like to apply for compensation please
contact the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany,
15 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010.
Web site: www.claimscon.org
Deadline for application: The deadline for applications is 11 August 2001.
Potential applicants should register their name and
address/contact information with IOM as soon as possible. Do not
send original documents. IOM
staff will guide applicants through the claims procedure. IOM
assistance and claims handling is free of charge.
For more information on this program, the other
partner organizations or IOM offices, please consult IOM’s
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