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A legal activist group based Israel is calling on Australian survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants to sign up to its program to sue insurance companies whose Holocaust-era antecedents refused to pay out for policies held by displaced European Jews.

nitsana darshan leitner darshan-Leitner is an Israeli human rights advocate and Israeli lawyer. She founded Shurat HaDin Israel Law Centre. The AJN has announced its initiative, Project Last Chance will seek to bring insurance companies accountable for using the chaos and Shoah to avoid paying out claims for victims, survivors or their descendants.

“My mission at present is to make sure that the victims receive some kind of compensation at the end. This money is owed to survivors. ‘s their money. Shurat Hadin are able to insure your assets, such as your home and your life, but nobody can take it from you.

Darshan Leitner claimed Darshan-Leitner stated that US Senate estimates could be as high as $200 billion in cash payments were rescinded from Jewish policyholders as a result of insolvent insurers from the WWII era. Many of these firms have traceable successor companies that have taken over the liabilities.

Shurat HaDin will use its experience to pursue banks and financial institutions, like banks that contain terrorist assets. have taken legal action against governments, banks, and companies that have been involved in assisting or encouraging terrorist acts. We’ve got the information and we are not afraid of taking on governments, big corporations or large international banks,” she said.

Additionally, Shurat HaDin is launching legal proceedings in Israel to access the database of around 140,000 Holocaust survivors and their descendants who have listed more than two million assets under Israel’s Project Heart between 2011 and 2014. The Israeli government, in coordination with the Jewish Agency for Israel, invited applicants into the restitution scheme, however, the program was abruptly shut down and the participants who had signed up were left in an uncertain position.

Shurat HaDin contacted the government for clarification however, she was unable to get a response. However, Israel’s Labour and Social Services Ministry stated that Project Heart was never intended as a single claims scheme and therefore, the information of claimants cannot be released. One theory suggests that Israel underestimated European governments’ intransigence with regard to lists of thousands, hundreds of claimants.

But if their identities are disclosed to Shurat HaDin The Project Heart participants could become participants in the class actions that were launched in Project Last Chance, Darshan-Leitner explained.

She stated that Project Last Chance is taking a different approach to the Claims Conference, established in 1951, which has petitioned governments to grant Holocaust restitution, rather than focusing on companies and businesses directly.