The Law on Goodwill Compensation for the Immovable Property of Jewish Religious Communities of the Republic of Lithuania has designated that LTL 3 million (approximately $1.1 million) shall be paid, “to persons of Jewish nationality who resided in Lithuania during the Second World War and suffered from the totalitarian regimes during the occupations. ”The Good Will Foundation, established jointly by the Lithuanian Jewish Communities and the World Jewish Restitution Organization, has the responsibility of distributing this money, which is likely to mean “symbolic” payments of several hundred dollars to individual recipients.
Those eligible to receive these payments must demonstrate they meet the necessary criteria by providing the following:
Only persons who were alive as of July 19, 2012 are eligible to receive compensation. In the event of a person’s death after July 19, 2012 only a heir-at-law is eligible to receive the compensation after he/ she provides inheritance documents and a victim’s death certificate.
All Lithuanian Nazi Victims whose names are in the data base of the Jewish Claims Conference will be notified directly by the Claims Conference before December 31, 2012 that they may be eligible for this payment. They need only agree to the release of information and to the terms and conditions of the Goodwill Foundation and the Claims Conference and will provide all the necessary documentation to the Goodwill Foundation for approval.
Other Lithuanian Nazi victims who are not in the Claims Conference data base or victims of the Soviet occupation will need to submit an application form along with the documentation enumerated above. This application form will be available on-line from the Goodwill Foundation as of January 2013.
The deadline for submitting applications is September 30, 2013. Based on the number of eligible claimants, the Goodwill Foundation will determine the exact amount of individual payments with the goal of distributing them by December 31, 2014.
A person applying to the Goodwill Foundation may not be charged any additional fee.
FOR CURRENT INFORMATION VISIT THE GOODWILL FOUNDATION AT WWW.GVF.LT.