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Tue Oct 8, 2019, 10:59 PM

Aging Holocaust Survivors Try To Sue Over Nazi-Era Insurance


By CURT ANDERSON
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AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) — When David Schaecter was a child in Slovakia in the 1930s, he counted more than 100 people in his extended family. By the end of World War II, he alone survived. The rest had been killed in Nazi concentration camps or by roving SS death squads.

Schaecter lost not only his family, but all they owned, including life insurance covering his murdered relatives. And as time runs out on aging Holocaust survivors, some are trying to recover insurance policies that were not honored by Nazi-era companies, which could be worth at least $25 billion altogether in today’s dollars, according to the Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation USA.


The survivors want to take insurance companies to court in the U.S. to recover the money, but it would take an act of Congress to allow it.

For nearly two decades, the foundation members have tried and failed to gain access to U.S. courts.

“This is an insult to humanity,” said Schaecter, 90, president of the organization and a survivor of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. “I think they are trying to sweep it under the carpet. The fact is, we are a dying breed. There are so few of us left.”

As another season of high holy days concludes for Jews with Yom Kippur on Wednesday, the Holocaust survivors group is optimistic that a recent hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the stolen insurance issue may lead to change.

They gathered this week at Mo’s Bagels and Deli in the Miami suburb of Aventura to talk it over.

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:22 AM

1. Sounds fair to me.

People who were actually wronged seeking recompense from organizations that actually wronged them. Damn sight better than the whole "reparations" thing, at any rate.

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:18 AM

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Good morning.

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:25 AM

3. Alerted. I voted leave.

Suing in a US court? WTF does the US legal system have to do with what transpired in Europe over 70 years ago?

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