French-American Agreement on the Compensation of Holocaust Victims (December 8, 2014).
On December 8, 2014, France and the United States signed an agreement creating a compensation fund for certain Holocaust victims deported from France.
Signature ceremony in Washington - Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay, French ambassadors for human rights, and Stuart Eizenstat, Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State.
- Who is eligible to benefit from this Agreement :
Holocaust survivors deported from France to Nazi extermination camps who, based on their nationality, did not qualify for armed services disability pension plans or war victim pension plans, and, in some cases, these survivors’ beneficiaries, for victims who died after the war. The fund will be open to all nationalities that were not covered by these plans, wherever applicants currently reside.
Holocaust victims bearing French citizenship, who are already eligible for French pension plans, will therefore not be concerned, and the same will be true of victims eligible to comparable plans pursuant to reciprocity agreements signed by France (with Belgium, Poland, the United Kingdom and former Czechoslovakia), or to an international refugee convention granting right to a pension plan in France. Beneficiaries of deportation compensations paid by another state or institution will not be covered by this agreement. Please note that a specific plan was set up for Holocaust orphans, who lost one or both parents during deportation, and includes a waiver of the nationality requirement applying to other victims deported from France (including victims engaged in the Resistance). All inquiries related to these plans can be sent to Ministère de la Défense, Sous-direction des pensions, 5, place de Verdun - BP60000 - 17016 La Rochelle Cedex 1.
- Where and how to file an application:
Pursuant to the agreement, applications will be received and processed by American authorities, who will also be in charge of compensating the beneficiaries. The agreement will take effect once the congress approval process currently underway in France is completed. In the meantime, interested parties can communicate their contact information via a dedicated hotline in the United States, at the following number: :+1-202-776-8385.
Each person will be contacted individually by American authorities as soon as the fund is fully implemented.