National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism

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The National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism, German: Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus, is a fund created by the Republic of Austria to seek to apply restitution for property confiscated by the Nazis during World War II. The fund was established in 1995.[1]

The fund maintains databases of property, including the Art Database of the National Fund, held in the Wiener Stadtbibliothek.[2]

General Settlement Fund[edit]

The General Settlement Fund is constituted to seek to compensate victims of Nazi persecution from all of the persecuted minorities, religious, cultural, ethnic, handicapped, and those who left Austria in order to escape persecution. The claim for compensation passes to the heirs of the original victims on their death.[3]

Applications to the General Settlement Fund closed in May 2003.[3] In May 2010 final payments are being received from this fund.

National Fund[edit]

The National Fund is different from the General Fund in that it has different eligibility criteria and there is, in January 2009, no deadline for filing applications.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Fund -> Acknowledgment of Victims -> Background". National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism. Archived from the original on June 22, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-15. The National Fund was set up in 1995 as a gesture of the moral co-responsibility for the consequences of the NS regime in Austria. The National Fund Law applies basically to all survivors of National Socialist violence, who are awarded a symbolic payment of EUR 5,087.10 (ATS 70,000).
  2. ^ "Art Database of the National Fund". National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  3. ^ a b "General Settlement Fund -> Monetary Compensation -> Eligibility". National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-15. In addition, heirs of eligible claimants and the legal successor of an association that became defunct under the NS regime are also entitled to file an application.
  4. ^ "National Fund -> Acknowledgment of Victims -> Eligibility for payments and filing applications". National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism. Archived from the original on June 22, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-15. The following persons are eligible to receive token payments: those who were persecuted by the National Socialist regime on political grounds, grounds of origin, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, on grounds of a physical disability or mental handicap or on the basis of accusations of so-called asociality, or who in other ways fell victim to typically National Socialist injustice or left the country to escape such persecution.