U.S. survivors must file claims by Feb. 23 for war reparations

About 250 claims have already been submitted, but it is not known how many of those people are eligible for the reparations.

The 1995 agreement, which excludes reparations for those subjected only to forced labor, also required Germany to pay more than $2 million to about 10 other previously identified Americans.

One of these Americans was Hugo Princz, an Auschwitz and Dachau survivor who fought a 40-year battle for reparations through the U.S. courts and Congress. He had been denied reparations because he was neither a German citizen nor a refugee during his three years of internment.

The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission is an independent quasijudicial agency in the U.S. Justice Department that works to resolve claims against foreign nations.

Claim forms are available by writing to Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Washington, D.C. 20579, or by calling (202) 616-6975.