“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
A new website, operated by the Mémorial de la Shoah and the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer français (SNCF; French National Railway Corporation), aims to assist Holocaust survivors living abroad with French compensation and restitution procedures.
The website’s goal is to centralize information on compensation and reparations proposed by the French government to French and foreign Jews who were victims of persecution enforced by Nazi Germany and the Vichy regime during World War II. It is available in French, English, and Hebrew, and an English-language help line is also available in the United States, primarily to assist in filling out applications. As the legislation evolves within the French government, the information on the website will be modified accordingly.
Information on the site is available for victims who were deported from France, interned in France, or whose parents died in a French camp or during deportation. Victims of spoliation (movable or real estate properties, artwork, bank accounts, or insurance claims) can also find information on the website. Reparations for spoliation are handled by the CIVS (Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation), an organization under the jurisdiction of the French Prime Minister.
The website also contains a comprehensive list of social and medical programs implemented by the Jewish Organizations of France for Shoah survivors.