Slave Labor Class II

Please note that the deadline to file a Slave Labor Class II claim has expired.

For the most recent distribution data concerning Slave Labor Class II, please click here.

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, Slave Labor Class II consists of those claimants who performed slave labor for Swiss entities, defined as “any facility or work site, wherever located, actually or allegedly owned, controlled, or operated by any corporation or other business concern headquartered, organized or based in Switzerland or any affiliate thereof...” Slave Labor Class II is the one class not limited to the five “Victim or Target” groups. As a condition to approval of the Settlement Agreement, the Court accepted the Special Master’s recommendation that Swiss entities who used slave labor must self-identify. Failure to self-identify would result in a denial of a release. The Court explained the rationale for this requirement in its July 26, 2000 opinion approving the settlement as fair: “When this class was included in the Settlement Agreement, the defendant banks represented that Slave Labor Class II consists of an extremely small number of persons who may have performed slave labor directly for an extremely small number of Swiss companies during World War II. Since then, they have backed off of this representation.” The resulting problem was that “the Slave Labor Class II releasees consisted almost entirely of affiliates or subsidiaries of Swiss entities that were incorporated in Germany and elsewhere.” Class members -- “those who were forced to perform slave labor for a Swiss company in German or elsewhere”-- had “no reason to know at the time that the company was Swiss” and “may not be aware that they are in the class” even with notice of the settlement. For more information on Slave Labor Class II, please read Annex I of the Distribution Plan.
On April 4, 2001, the Court issued an order listing those companies that had self-identified to the Special Master and had provided information concerning their use of slave labor. Following further proceedings, on October 7, 2003, the District Court approved a stipulation finalizing the Slave Labor Class II List of Releasees.
The Distribution Plan originally provided for payments of $1,000 (subsequently increased to $1,450) to former slave laborers or to their heirs if the former slave laborer died on or after February 16, 1999.
The International Organization for Migration ("IOM") was designated to process all claims under Slave Labor Class II. Claimants who indicated a possible Slave Labor Class II claim on their Initial Questionnaire were sent applications by the IOM. As with the other classes, applications also were made available over the Internet and at Holocaust survivor help centers around the world.
The IOM processed claims on an individualized basis and submitted its recommendations to Special Master Judah Gribetz and Deputy Special Master Shari C. Reig for review, and then to the Court. Upon the Court’s approval of the submissions and its issuance of orders authorizing payment, the recommendations were docketed for public access. Redacted case summaries were included with the submissions. Claimants were identified by case number but not by name. These case summaries are made available below. They are organized in the same groups and categories as reflected in the respective IOM submissions and court orders.
  • Slave Labor Class II Approvals:

    Case summaries prepared by the IOM and docketed with the Court, relating to Nazi victims who performed slave labor for Swiss entities can be accessed here.

  • Slave Labor Class II Not Recommended for Approval:

    Over 16,000 individuals filed claims under Slave Labor Class II which could not be recommended for approval because these individuals, although they may have performed slave or forced labor during the Holocaust, did not plausibly demonstrate that they performed such labor for Swiss entities as required under the terms of the Settlement Agreement. However, to the extent that any of these claimants were Jewish, Roma, Jehovah’s Witness, homosexual or disabled, their slave labor claims were compensable under Slave Labor Class I and would have been reviewed and submitted to the Court for approval either by the IOM or the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    The IOM did not prepare case summaries for each and every one of the more than 16,000 Slave Labor Class II claimants whose claims were not recommended for approval. However, the identifying information for each such individual was filed with the Court and docketed under seal. The case summaries prepared by IOM were intended to be representative. Examples of Slave Labor Class II claims not recommended for approval (as characterized by the IOM in the following case summaries) include claims submitted by individuals deported to and/from Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Czechoslovakia; Finland; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Lithuania; Romania; Ukraine; Poland and Russia.

    The case summaries can be accessed here.