2009

End of Deadline for In Rem Restitution

The deadline concerning applications for restitution with the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution ended on December 31, 2009 for property (movable assets of a Jewish Community Organization) owned by one of the following Austrian provinces and municipalities on the cut off day, 17 January 2001: …

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Academic Advisory Board formed for the Redesign of the Austrian Memorial Site at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Academic Advisory Board convened in the Austrian Parliament yesterday. The Board is to assist in the redesign of the so called Austrian pavilion in the former concentration camp and present museum Auschwitz-Birkenau. The ten member committee is composed of experts from relevant fields of …

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The closing payments from the General Settlement Fund have commenced

On Wednesday 8th July 2009 the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism commenced the disbursement of the closing payments. On the previous day, the Board of Trustees, to which both the presidency of the National Council and representatives of the Federal Government, as well as …

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Amendment to the General Settlement Fund Law. The closing payments are to be expedited

An amendment to the General Settlement Fund Law, enacted on 1st July 2009, has enabled the rapid conclusion of the closing payments. The payment quotas in claims-based and equity-based proceedings, as well as for insurance policies will be calculated on the basis of the decisions reached by the …

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Restitution as an interdisciplinary challenge? The cooperation between lawyers and historians in restitution matters.

For property seized during the National Socialist era that is publicly-owned today, the possibility of in rem restitution was provided for in the Washington Agreement of 17 January 2001. The series "Decisions of the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution" documents a fundamental element of the …

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Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism personally brings to Israel a painting restituted by the City of Vienna

Provenance researcher Dr. Michael Wladika (left) and Municipal Councilor Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (right) present the restituted painting 'The Love Letter' by Johann Nepomuck Schödlberger to Secretary General Hannah Lessing.
In accordance with the recommendation of the Viennese Restitution Commission, the decision was made to restitute the painting "The Love Letter" by Johann Nepomuck Schödlberger to the heirs of the owners from whom it was unlawfully seized, Ignaz and Clothilde Schachter. The spouses managed to flee …

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Hannah M. Lessing awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite”

This Thursday, 2 April 2009, at the French Embassy, Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism and the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism will be named “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the …

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Secretary General Hannah Lessing in Madrid on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, 27 January 2009, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. The Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism and the General Settlement Fund, Mag. Hannah Lessing, was one of the main speakers at a commemoration …

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