Washington state posts Holocaust insurance records on Web

Washington state posts Holocaust insurance records on Web

By Wilson P. Dizard III

GCN Staff

OCT. 30'Holocaust survivors and their heirs who may be beneficiaries of unpaid insurance policies are getting online help from the Washington State Insurance Commission.

The commission aims to help survivors and heirs track down details of insurance coverage denied by European companies at the end of World War II. The records cover the years 1933 to 1945.

The records, at www.insurance.wa.gov, include the names of more than 5,000 persons who held policies issued by insurance companies based in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Britain and elsewhere. The site provides a detailed claim form for use by those seeking benefits as well as information about the global outreach effort of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Claims.

So far, the insurance commission has helped file more than 400 insurance claims by 103 Washington residents.

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