The Successor Organization generated revenue of approximately $37 million from sales, compensation, investment priority decisions, and other items in 2015. This revenue is net of certain payments and costs directly connected with these items.
Most of the regular income in 2015 came from sales and compensation, which produced approximately $34 million. Most properties recovered by the Claims Conference are sold at public auction.
Furthermore, the Claims Conference received rental income prior to the sale of properties of approximately $300,000. Expenses relating to the maintenance of property pending sale were approximately $109,000.
Total Successor Organization gross income since 1993 (sales, compensation, Wertheim, bulk settlements and property management) up to December 31, 2015 is approximately €2.5 billion. The majority of these funds have been distributed to Goodwill Fund applicants/heirs or allocated for social welfare programs benefiting Nazi victims or for other programs.
Claims filed by the Claims Conference fall into two major categories:
The German restitution agencies processed the claims on the largest and most valuable properties first. This means, that the properties to be recovered and sold in the future will generate less revenue than previously recovered properties. The income to date includes unique claims such as those relating to the Wertheim family.
Further, a large part of the processing by the German authorities for real estate claims has taken place and the processing of business assets is now under way. Recovery of a business asset usually generates a compensation payment that is far lower than the value of a recovered real estate claim.
The following are the major forms of recovery of assets by the Claims Conference:
As of March 31, 2017, the Claims Conference had filed 124,569 claims covering real estate and businesses as well as additional claims for smaller types of assets. These smaller claims are being handled separately from the real estate and business claims. For the real estate and business claims, the German restitution authorities have issued decisions on 113,129 claims. Therefore, decisions have been issued in 90 percent of the claims. Of the 113,129 decisions, 16,446 have been approved for the Claims Conference (14 percent).
Of the rulings in favor of the Claims Conference, restitution (actual return of the property) was awarded in 4,481 (27 percent), and compensation ordered in 11,965 cases (73 percent) i.e. where restitution was not possible or where the business is no longer in existence.
There are three categories of assets or potential assets that could be recovered by the Claims Conference Successor Organization.
1. Restituted Properties and Compensation – Receivables.
Where the economic title in respect to the sale of a property has passed or it has received a confirmation of value from the Regional Tax Authorities with respect to compensation claim, the amount is regarded as an appropriate and reasonable indication of value and therefore is included in the financial statements.
The Financial Statements of 2015 include the following approximate amounts:
2. Properties That Have Been Recovered But Not Sold
As of December 31, 2015 the estimated value of unsold property as audited, after taking into account commitments, is approximately $2.1 million.
3. Claims Pending
The following are the numbers for the major categories* of claims as of
March 31, 2017:
|Total Claims||Decided Cases||Positive Decisions|
|Real Estate||56,768||52,979||8,753 (17%)|
The following are the numbers for the major categories of open claims as of March 31, 2017:
|Real Estate||3,879 (33%)|
*Not included are smaller types of claim for certain cash assets, moveable assets or mortgages.
Updated May 10, 2017