The Committee on Restitution Claims, established around 1951, was originally called the Committee on Indemnification Claims. The committee assisted refugees who were applying for compensation from Germany for losses suffered under the Nazis. Germany passed the BEG (Federal Indemnification Law) in 1949, after which thousands of claims were made in the succeeding years. The UJRA committee was intended to be a temporary programme continuing until its services were no longer required; it worked with the United Restitution Organization (URO), an international body based in Germany and funded in Canada by Canadian Jewish Congress. URO work on behalf of Canadian survivors continues to this day in Toronto, now independent from Congress.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of minutes of the Committee on Restitution Claims from 1953 to 1955. One set of minutes, from June 1955, is from the Ad hoc Committee considering Problems with Restitutions Office Work in Toronto. The records are arranged in chronological order.
Related material note: The case files of Toronto's United Restitution Organization office were transferred to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C in 1990. That institution has approximately 100 boxes of closed case files from the Toronto URO office. In 2007, the remaining URO case files at the Toronto office were transferred to the Ontario Jewish Archives (accession 2007-3-5).
This sub-series was formerly RG 210C.
Related records may be found in the subject files on Indemnification, in subseries 3 of this series.
Related records may be found in accession 2007-3-5, the United Restitution Organization (URO), Toronto Office.