Since 1956, Austrian social insurance law has provided preferential treatment for
certain persons who were persecuted during the Nazi occupation of Austria from 1938-1945.
In recent years, the law (known in Austria as ASVG) has been liberalized by various
amendments, the most recent being the 51st which was effective on July 1, 1993.
Claimants or inquirers about the preferential treatment provisions ofter refer to
persecution before or during World War II and may refer to the 48th or 51st amendment
to the ASVG. They might also use terms such as “repatriation” or “voluntary contributions”.