For information on the Enemy Property Payment Scheme please contact the Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel Secretariat.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1 Victoria Street
This site contains summary details of some 30,000 records held at the Public Record Office relating to property in the United Kingdom seized between 1939 and 1945 from commercial organisations and individuals resident in countries with which the United Kingdom was at war. These former enemy countries fall into two broad definitions: the belligerent enemies, who declared war on the United Kingdom such as Germany, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria; and, the technical enemies who were enemies of the United Kingdom by virtue of their occupation by Germany, such as Czechoslovakia and Poland.
The database on this website has not been edited. It therefore includes assets which were repaid in the 1950s and assets belonging to people who were not victims of Nazi persecution.
The treatment during and after the Second World War of property confiscated from residents of enemy countries was largely determined by the relevant country's belligerent or technical enemy status. A detailed explanation of this and the status of each former enemy country, together with summary of the treatment of confiscated property, can be found in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) History Notes `British policy towards enemy property during and after the Second World War' (April 1998) - www.enemyproperty.gov.uk/fcoreport.pdf.