This series contains files of the Claims Department concerning compensation claims by British nationals against foreign governments arising out of the Second World War and subsequent claims by individuals and the government against foreign states, and by foreign states and their nationals against the United Kingdom.
The series includes a collection of compensation claims files for those British nationals who suffered Nazi persecution and who made a claim under the British Victims of Nazi Persecution compensation agreement for Nazi persecution by British nationals. The files were created by the Foreign Office Claims Department in 1964 to record British enquiries and claims for compensation. The Nazi persecution claim files (prefix HNP) consists of a completed standard form, personal (mainly handwritten) testimonies of Nazi persecution recording events and occurrences, documenting individuals' experiences during the holocaust and internment in concentration camps or prisons, and related correspondence.
The series also includes files about the Foreign Compensation Commission's activities, and administration files relating to the Nazi Persecution claim files.
The Nazi persecution claim (HNP) files from FO 950/830 comprise the following:
- Files that were created but have empty file covers; these are listed and prepared in the same way as other pieces, except that (empty cover) is added at the end of each description. It is possible that a file for the same individual may be elsewhere in this series.
- Files that were created but never progressed to a full claim.
- Files that were created but the claimant was not successful.
The series also contains pre-Second World War material, in particular files concerning enemy debts from the post-First World War period.