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Dec 2007 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Holocaust insurance claims
Under the terms of the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act, insurance companies which operate in the United States now have to disclose the names of all Holocaust-era policy-holders and create a registry of those lists for survivors and their heirs. The Act also provides funds to the US Secretary of State to work with European countries in order to make information on the policies more publicly available.

The new law also makes provision for survivors to bring claims against insurance companies in US courts.

Passing the bill in October, the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee was heavily critical of the work of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC). The bill’s sponsors assert that only 5 per cent of claims submitted to ICHEIC were settled satisfactorily.

ICHEIC distributed over $305 million (approximately £150m) to just over 48,000 claimants, having received claims from over 91,000 applicants.

German Association
Although the Insurance Commission (ICHEIC) wound up its work in March this year, it is still possible to enter claims for policies sold by insurers which had previously been part of the Commission. The German Insurance Association (GDV) has announced that its members will continue to consider any Holocaust-era claims filed directly with a company. To contact a company direct, visit the GDV’s website www.gdv.de

Claims for policies sold by Generali can still be submitted to the Italian insurer. Further details about this scheme are available at www.nazierainsurancesettlement.com

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL, by fax to 020 8385 3075, or by email to mnewman@ajr.org.uk



Michael Newman

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