YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The International Organization for Migration has announced that former forced laborers under the Nazi regime are now entitled to claim financial compensation under a new German Forced Labor Compensation Law. The International Organization for Migration has been designated by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany as a partner organization in charge of claims covering the so-called "rest of the world" category.
IOM will take care of eligible claiman’s who are non-Jewish and who do not live in the former republics of the USSR–the Czech Republic and Poland. For eligible claiman’s residing in Armenia the partner organization for processing claims is not IOM but the partner organization in the country from where the forced laborer was deported. The names and addresses of partner organizations for the respective countries and Jewish victims are listed in IOM’s website at www.compensation-for-forced-labour-org.–or at the IOM office in Armenia at United Nations House at 14 K.Liebknecht St.–Yerevan–375010 Armenia.
Former prisoners of war do not qualify under the German Forced Labor Compensation Law unless the person was transferred to a concentration camp where the person underwent forced labor.
If the eligible claimant died after February 15–1999–the surviving spouse and children are entitled to file a claim. The last date for applications to the respective partner organization is August 11 2001.