July 31, 2006
Official German occupation of Hungary began in March 1944. Tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews were forced into the Budapest Ghetto and deported to Auschwitz. Of the 825,000 persons considered Jewish from 1941-1945, 565,000 were killed.
The Hungarian government announced the re-opening of a compensation program at the March 2006 meeting of the Claims Conference in Budapest. Applications were accepted by the Hungarian government through December 31, 2006.
Information is available on the website of the Hungarian Central Restitution Bureau at: www.kimisz.gov.hu/alaptev/karpotlas, or by writing to the bureau at:
Kozponti Karrendezesi Iroda
Hauszmann Alajos utca 1.
The telephone number is +36-1-371-8900;
In 1997, the government of Hungary established a compensation program for Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives, which was originally to pay approximately $150 for each parent killed during the Holocaust and $70 for each sibling (“Compensation for Loss of Life by Political Persecution”). Following efforts to raise the amount of compensation, the Hungarian government provided acknowledgement payments of around $1,800 (400,000 forints) per deceased to be divided among any surviving parents, spouses, children or siblings.
However, this increased payment was limited to those survivors and relatives of Holocaust victims who had already applied for the original payment announced in 1997. The application period had been between June and October 1997. There were many relatives of Holocaust victims who did not apply during this initial four-month filing period.
The material posted on the Claims Conference website is for information purposes only. This program is administered by the Hungarian government and the official information and application form is provided by the Hungarian Central Restitution Bureau. Only the Hungarian version of the application form and instructions are official documents and no responsibility can be accepted arising from use of any translations done by the Claims Conference.