Insurance

 
Insurance claims

Although the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) wound up its work in March 2007, it is still possible to enter claims for policies sold by insurers that had previously been part of the Commission. The German Insurance Association (GDV) has announced that its members will continue to consider any Holocaust-era claim filed directly with a company. To contact a company direct, visit the GDV’s website www.gdv.de

To read the report prepared for US Congress on Holocaust era insurance claims, click here

Following several extensions the deadline to file claims to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) expired on 31 March 2004.

The International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) was established in October of 1998 by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), in conjunction with several European insurance companies, European regulators, representatives of several Jewish organizations, and the State of Israel.

The Commission was charged with establishing a just process that will expeditiously address the issue of unpaid insurance policies issued to victims of the Holocaust.

It is estimated that some 800,000 insurance policies were sold in the Holocaust era, 1920-1945, but that the vast majority of the owners or heirs of these policies were murdered by the Nazis.

As part of the process to assist potential claimants, a list of unpaid policies sold by several European insurance companies was published on the ICHEIC website at www.icheic.org

Publication of many of the names of these lists was made possible under the terms of an October 2002 agreement with the German Insurance agency (GDV), which the Claims Conference had a role negotiating. The agreement allows public access to the most comprehensive listing ever available of insurance policies issued to Jewish residents of Germany during the National Socialist era, nearly 450,000 names representing more than 500,000 insurance policies.

Humanitarian awards

Where a claimant demonstrated strong anecdotal evidence as part of their application but actual proof of the existence of a policy could not be found ICHEIC will make a humanitarian award. To date, 16,472 applicants have received one of these $1,000 (£600) awards. 

Generali insurance 

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 or see below. Towards the end of 2006 a settlement was reached committing the Italian insurance giant, Assicurazioni Generali, to settle policies bought by people who became victims of the Holocaust.

Individuals or their ancestors who purchased Generali insurance between 1920 and 1945 and who owned a policy or were a beneficiary of a policy that was in force immediately prior to their persecution by the Nazis or their allies are eligible to apply. No payment will be made for policies previously settled by Generali.

Claim forms are available by calling the dedicated Generali claims phone number, 0121 239 0205, and further details are at www.nazierainsurancesettlement.com

Claim forms must be submitted by 31 March 2007 to: Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., Policy Information Center, Piazza Duca Degli Abruzzi, 2, 34132 Trieste, Italy.