The Claims Conference is once again allowing the owners or their heirs of unclaimed property in the former East Germany to receive some level of compensation.
The move comes two years after the British Board of Deputies criticized the Claims Conference for stopping compensation and asked that it be resumed.
The Conference Tuesday said it established a Late Applicants Fund of $67 million and had posted on its website, www.claimscon.org, a list of thousands of Jews who lost property in the former East Germany during World War II and which was later nationalized by Communist East Germany. These individuals would be eligible to receive compensation from the $67 million provided they filed a claim by the end of next year.
It said it took this action because with the recovery of unclaimed property still pending in Germany nearing an end, it needed to be sure that it would have money left for the future support of homecare, medical care, food and other assistance to Holocaust victims.