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AN Israel-based legal activist organisation is urging Australian survivors and their descendants to join its class action campaign against insurance companies whose Holocaust-era antecedents were unable to pay out for policies held by dislocated and murdered European Jews.

Nitsana Nitsana Israeli attorney and human-rights activist, founded Shurat HaDin Israel Law Centre. The AJN announced that Project Last Chance, a lawsuit against insurance companies using the chaos of World War II, the Shoah, to refuse victims, survivors and heirs, are being investigated by the AJN .

“My task is to get the victims some cash towards the end. Shurat Hadin The money is due to survivors. It’s their money. You are able to insure your assets including your home or your life, but no one will be able to steal it.

nitsana darshan leitner Darshan Leitner reported that US Senate estimates suggest that around $US200billion was taken from Jewish policyholders as a result of insurance companies operating during WWII. These companies are often traceable and have successor companies.

nitsana darshan leitner Shurat HaDin is using its know-how to hunt down financial institutions , such as banks that house terrorist organization assets.

“We’ve filed lawsuits against countries, banks, and companies who have supported or promoted terrorist acts. She stated that we are able to deal with countries, big multinational banks and companies.

Shurat HaDin will launch legal proceedings in Israel to open the database of around 140,000 Holocaust survivors and their descendants. The database was established as part of the Israeli government’s Project Heart between 2011-14. Together with Jewish Agency for Israel (Israel’s government) applicants were invited to sign up to the restitution programme. The program was abruptly ended, leaving the participants uncertain.

Shurat HaDin tried to contact the government for clarification, however, she was unable to get a response. Israel’s Labour and Social Services Ministry stated that Project Heart wasn’t intended to be a scheme for individual claims. The details of claimants cannot be made public. One theory is Israel underestimated the intransigence and determination of European governments confronted with lists of hundreds or thousands of claimants.

Darshan Leitner explained the process by which Project Heart participants could apply to class actions in Project Last Chance if they were allowed to reveal their identity to ShurathaDin.

Project Last Chance, she said, is taking an approach that is different from the Claims Conference, founded in 1951. The group has petitioned the government to seek Holocaust Restitution, but has not targeted companies or firms directly.