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Compensation Fund for Holocaust victims deported from France

Compensation Fund for Holocaust victims deported from France

Published on November 3, 2015
Joint statement between France and the United States - Entry into force of the Agreement on the Compensation Fund for Holocaust victims deported from France

On November 1, the agreement between France and the United States signed in Washington on December 8 last year entered into force, to establishing a compensation fund for those Holocaust victims deported from France who had not been able to gain access to the French compensation program. The agreement is another measure of justice to help the victims of one of history’s darkest eras, and another example of the close partnership that characterizes the relationship between France and the United States. This fund will supplement the programs established by France for reparation of the victims of anti-Semitic persecution during the Occupation.

Under this agreement, France will provide $60 million in compensation. The United States will administer and distribute this amount to eligible people of US, Israeli or other nationality who did not have access to the compensation program established by France (French citizens and those covered by the bilateral agreements reached by France with Belgium, Poland, the United Kingdom and the former Czechoslovakia may apply to the French program).

In exchange, the United States will provide France with guarantees of legal certainty with regard to Holocaust deportation claims.

The United States will now begin accepting claims. For more information, please visit: www.state.gov/deportationclaims

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