Case files of the United Restitution Organization - Toronto Office

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1990.328
  • RG-28.005
Level of Description
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • English
  • Czech
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Extent and Medium




Archival History

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


The URO is an American organization functioning as a liaison between Holocaust survivors and German reparations agencies. The inactive case files were transferred from their source, the United Restitutions Organization office, in Toronto, Canada, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Oct. 1990.

Scope and Content

Consists of 773 boxes containing inactive case files of Jewish Holocaust survivors who claimed restitution for suffering and damage resulting from persecution by the Nazis during the period 1933 to 1945. The records are divided into five major groups. First, there are the records tilted "BEG" (Bundes-Entschädigungs-Gesetz or Federal Compensation/Restitution Law). The BEG files contain one-time-only claims. For the most part, these are copies. The originals are in Germany. Second, there are the records titled "URO." These files contain general claims for restitution. Third, there are the cases titled "Jewelry." These concern claims of restitution relating to stolen jewelry. Fourth, there are the files titled "Hungary." These cases deal only with Jews born in Hungary and persecuted in Hungary or elsewhere, either by Germans or Hungarian collaborators. Fifth, there are the records titled Austria. These cases deal with Austrian-born Jews, who were persecuted by the Germans in Austria or elsewhere. In general, the Toronto URO files concern life in Nazi-occupied Europe, life in concentration camps, and experiences of survivors during and after the Holocaust. Among the documents are sworn testimonies of witnesses, indemnity claims, correspondence with doctors and lawyers, medical reports, and memoirs. *Not available on microform.

System of Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical by name of claimant

Corporate Bodies



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