New Assistance Available for Holocaust Survivors from Serbia
July 31, 2017 Deadline for Applications for First Year of Serbian Compensation Program
On February 12, 2016, following negotiations with the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and the Federation of Jewish communities in Serbia (SAVEZ), the government of Serbia passed a law addressing heirless and unclaimed property unjustly seized from Jewish victims by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
The new law establishes a program of direct cash payments to Serbian Holocaust survivors who lived in Serbia during the Holocaust, whether they currently live in Serbia or abroad.
This new assistance program will provide equal payments to eligible survivors every year for at least the next ten years.
SAVEZ will determine who is eligible for payments and will administer the payments.
A completed application for the Serbian Compensation Program must be signed, notarized and mailed to the address below by July 31, 2017. It is recommended to mail the application through a traceable method – certified mail, Federal Express, DHS, etc. – and to make a copy of your application before mailing it.
The mailing address is:
Federation of Jewish Communities in Serbia
Kralja Petra 71a/III
SAVEZ will not be able to make retroactive payments. Therefore, if an application is not submitted before the deadline, the applicant will not receive a payment for the current year. However, his or her application will be considered for future years.
All questions about the Serbian Compensation Program should be directed to:
Phone: +381 11 2910 363 or +381 11 2621 837
The application for the Serbian Compensation Program may be found here.
A link to the WJRO press release can be found here.
Please note: This is NOT a WJRO program. Determination of eligibility and the issuance of payments is the sole responsibility of SAVEZ, not the WJRO.