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Legal Department of the Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the US Zone of Occupation in Germany | Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Name: Legal Department of the Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the US Zone of Occupation in Germany


Historical Note:

The Legal Department of the Central Committee of Liberated Jews focused on establishing a dialogue with the new Polish authorities, in order to resolve the following issues:

1. Restoration of ownership of the Jewish estates remaining in Poland. Enabling the processes of succession.

2. Arguing about the fixed fees for the claim process that shall not be corollary of of the property value.

3. Prolonging the deadline for submitting claims for the war damages.

4. Easing the issuance of the duplicates from the prewar wedding acts and birth certificates. To ease this process, it was proposed that the testimonies of two witnesses would suffice as a proof. Having the testimonies of two witnesses, the Legal Department of the Central Committee of Liberated Jews in Germany may officially reinstate the prewar Polish certificate attaching the stamp of their own. This provisional document would be regarded sufficient for the Office of Civil Status in Poland. This Office would eventually issue and deliver a proper document to the Central Committee in Germany.

5. The Central Committee discussed numerous complaints submitted by the Polish citizens in German about understaffed Polish Consulates in Germany resultant in inefficient business.

6. The Central discussed difficulties of re-issuance of Polish passports to the Polish citizens. It was requested to ease this process on the part of the Polish Consulate in Frankfurt. The Central Committee pointed out that the Polish Consulate requires submitting of 17 supporting documents in order to obtain a new Polish passport.



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