Project HEART

Israel’s Holocaust Restitution Arm Weak

Project HEART losing funding even as initiatives seen bearing fruit for heirs.

03/26/2014
Staff Writer

Project HEART, the Israeli government’s ambitious Holocaust-era restitution project designed to compensate survivors and their heirs for property lost during the Holocaust, is in danger of ending or being seriously diminished, The Jewish Week has learned.

Project HEART's director, Robby Brown. Via haaretz.com

Comptroller's Database To Aid Holocaust Heirs

04/05/2013
Staff Writer

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has created a new link on his website to help the heirs of Jewish Holocaust victims claim money in the state’s unclaimed funds database.

An initial search of the site against the names of 50,000 Holocaust victims and survivors turned up 4,000 matches. Now, the state is asking those claimants to check the website and confirm that there is truly a match.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli: Searched 28 million accounts.

NY State Research Could Find Millions For Holocaust Survivors

Data provided by an Israeli group.

02/26/2013
Staff Writer

It amounts to a few needles in a very large haystack. But for aging Holocaust survivors and the heirs of those who perished at the hands of the Nazis, the painstaking work being carried out by the New York State Comptroller’s Office may yet pay dividends.

Bobby Brown: Israel’s Project HEART is doing extensive research on funds owed to Holocaust survivors and their heirs.

Fighting For Survivors

08/07/2012
Editorial

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is offering to search the state’s unclaimed funds account to see if any of its nearly $12 billion belongs to Holocaust survivors or their heirs.

The money was in accounts that were turned over to the state by banks, brokerages and other financial institutions after years of inactivity. Some life insurance companies also turned over death benefits when they were unable to find the beneficiary.

New Compensation Effort For Private Jewish Property

03/01/2011

The years have not dimmed Frances Irwin’s memory of when the Nazis came to the homes of her parents, grandparents and married brother in Konske, Poland, in 1939. They ordered them to turn over their valuables — their gold, their silver candelabras and menorahs, the “gorgeous, valuable pictures” on their walls and their diamond rings and earrings.

“Even my father’s shtreimel [hat] we had to give because it was fur,” Irwin, 80, of Midwood, Brooklyn, recalls.

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