The National Fund of the Republic of Austria (Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich) awards a symbolic payment of EUR 5,087.10 (about $6600) to certain individuals who were persecuted in Austria during World War II.
The Fund was established in 1995, when the National Council of Parliament (Nationalrat) adopted the Federal Law on the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism.
Payments are being made to
- victims of National Socialism who were persecuted for political opinion, religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, or reproach of so-called asociality; or
- other victims of typical Nazi injustice; or
- persons who were forced to leave the country in order to escape persecution; and
- who were citizens of the Federal Republic of Austria and resident in Austria on March 13, 1938, or
- who had been resident in Austria for an uninterrupted period of ten years prior to March 13, 1938, or were born in Austria as children of such persons during that period; or
- who lost their status as Austrian citizens or as persons who had been resident for at least ten years prior to March 13, 1938, because they had left the country in light of the impending entry of the German armed forces into Austria; or
- who were born as children of such persons in concentration camps or similar circumstances (e.g., ghetto, internment camp) prior to May 9, 1945.
The applications are being processed according to a system of priority based upon age, serious health problems or dire social need.
So far more than 32,000 applications for payment have been filed with the National Fund, of which approximately 30,000 have been approved by the Committee of the National Fund; 2,600 failed to meet the legal requirements.
There is no deadline for filing applications.
For how to apply at the National Fund, contact:
Nationalfund of the Republic of Austria
Parlament, Dr. Karl Renner Ring 3
Telephone: (43 1) 408 12 63
Fax: (+43 1) 408 03 89
The information presented is intended for information purposes only and not as legal advice.