Along with the application, each applicant should enclose an endorsement letter from a Jewish organization attesting to his or her status as a Holocaust survivor. Those who are registered with the Claims Conference should have received a letter from the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants. Those who did not receive such a letter can inform the Polish government to contact a Jewish Holocaust survivor agency in Poland to complete an endorsement on his or her behalf. Despite the suggestion of the Polish government, at this time (December, 2015), the American Gathering is not issuing any more endorsement letters.
One such agency, the Association of the Children of the Holocaust in Poland, is willing to endorse all applicants whom they understand to be eligible for the pension. To this end, it has been recommended that applicants who do not have endorsement letters from the American Gathering should submit as much biographical information and evidence of their experiences as possible to their office in addition to the Polish government (UDSKIOR). The Association of the Children of the Holocaust will then complete an endorsement form on the behalf of the applicant and then submit that to UDSKIOR.
Below is an outline of the process of obtaining an endorsement letter if you don’t have one from the American Gathering:
1. An applicant should send as much biographical information and evidence of his or her experiences to the Association of the Children of the Holocaust in Poland.
a) You may use the Holocaust History Questionnaire to collect biographical information for this purpose,
b) You can try to find evidence in various ways, a few of which are listed on the Examples of Evidence page.
c) Please use this cover letter in Polish (male | female versions) to include in your mailing to the Association of the Children of the Holocaust. (Here is the English translation for reference. Please do not send this English version.)
d) Finally, please include a copy of the original application that was mailed to UDSKIOR.
When all is complete, please mail it to:
Association of “Children of the Holocaust” in Poland
pl. Grzybowski 12/16
2. When the Association of the Children of the Holocaust receives your information, they will send a letter to UDSKIOR. The organization has graciously provided the form they have to fill out and send to UDSKIOR in order to endorse an applicant. These are just for reference purposes; please do not fill out or send. (Polish | English)
3. If an applicant has been contacted by UDSKIOR for an endorsement letter, the applicant can reply by informing them that they should be in touch with the Association of the Children of the Holocaust to get such a letter. (Of course, the applicant should have either already or at the same time followed Step 1 above and have contacted the Association of the Children of the Holocaust so that they can prepare the endorsement letter.)
a) This can be included in the general Response Letter which has a paragraph requesting that UDSKIOR be contacted.
b) You may send a separate letter to UDSKIOR specifically requesting this letter. Please also note that the Polish version should be submitted; the English version is provided for your own reference. (Polish | English)