Agencies Serving Hungarian Holocaust Survivors Receive First Round of Gold Train Lawsuit Settlement Funds
Monday January 30, 8:33 am ET
Federal Judge Praises Attorneys and Resolution of First Case of Its Kind

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Attorneys representing Hungarian Holocaust survivors today announced disbursement of the first funds for Hungarian survivors in need as part of the United States Government’s settlement of the “Gold Train” class action lawsuit. Earlier, on October 11, 2005 the United States issued an apology and, on December 27, paid $25.5 million as restitution for improper conduct by American military personnel in handling personal property of Hungarian Jewish families in the aftermath of World War II. The belongings, including gold, jewelry, artwork and religious treasures, were looted in Hungary by Nazis who shipped the valuables on a train heading West ahead of advancing Soviet troops. The train and its cargo were later obtained by U.S. forces in Austria.