Application Deadline Nears for Holocaust-Era Serbian Property Claims

Jewish Family ServiceJewish Family Service, on behalf of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), has announced that the deadline for Serbian Jewish victims of the Holocaust to file claims for the restitution of properties located in Belgrade or elsewhere in what is now the Republic of Serbia (part of the former Yugoslavia) is March 1, 2014. Any person, or his or her descendants, who had property confiscated during the Holocaust or subsequently by the Communist regime may file a claim.

A claims form is required to be completed to submit a claim. The form, which is in Serbian, lists required documentation that must accompany a claim. The website of the Serbian Agency for Restitution has information about filing a claim, including notices about the claims process and responses to frequently asked questions in English, Hebrew, Serbian, and other languages. The United States Embassy in Serbia also has a webpage with helpful information about filing a claim, including a list of English, Italian, and French translators.

Questions can be directed to the Serbian Agency for Restitution by phone at 381 11 3061 398 or 381 11 3061 387 or by email at agencija@restitucija.gov.rs. The address of the Serbian Agency for Restitution is: Masarikova 5, 11000 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

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