Dutch Railway Compensation

The Claims Conference wishes to inform Holocaust survivors and the families or heirs of Holocaust victims, who were transported to concentration and extermination camps during World War II by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the Dutch state railway company, that they may be eligible to receive a lump sum payment from a fund established by NS.

At the end of June 2019, NS announced that it will compensate Holocaust survivors and the families or heirs of Holocaust victims who were deported on its trains to concentration and extermination camps during World War II when the Netherlands was under Nazi-German occupation. Under the proposal, NS will pay €15,000 ($17,080) to Jewish, Roma and Sinti survivors who were transported to concentration or extermination camps and who were alive as of November 27, 2018, the date the compensation program was conceived.  NS will also pay between €5,000 and €7,500 to the widows/widowers and/or heirs of those who perished.

For complete eligibility guidelines, please visit the Foundation for Individual Allowance for Victims of WWII Transport and NS at  https://commissietegemoetkomingns.nl.


FAQs

1) How do I apply for this program?

Information about the application procedure, applications forms and detailed eligibility criteria will be posted beginning August 1, 2019 at https://commissietegemoetkomingns.nl

2) When may applications be submitted?

Applications may be submitted beginning August 1, 2019.

3) How should one apply? From where does one obtain an application?

NS established the Foundation for Individual Allowance for Victims of WWII Transport and NS to administer the compensation payments. The Foundation will create an online process via the Foundation’s website at  https://commissietegemoetkomingns.nl.

Please note: The foundation will offer support for individuals who do not have access to a computer or have the assistance necessary to complete an application online.

4) How long does the application process take?

The actual term will still be determined and announced in the regulations governing the administering of this compensation fund.

5) Is there a contact number for questions about the application procedure?

People may call the helpdesk in the Netherlands with questions. The number to call is: +31 -88-792-6250.

The Claims Conference is not involved in the implementation, administration or application processing of these Dutch Railway payments. The information given here is merely information of a general nature. It does not constitute legal advice and is not legally binding. It is only a summary of certain points and not a concrete and complete opinion on the programs and regulations of the competent authorities and governments. This information may also not meet the specific needs, interests or circumstances of individual applicants. The individual relationships are different and the applicants should seek individual advice.  The Claims Conference provides information of a general nature to the individual relief and support organizations; however, each facility is responsible for the information it shares. The information above has been reproduced to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing; however, it may change at any time.