A database of Holocaust-era property records has become the
largest publicly available, single-source database of lost Jewish
property assets from that era.
Project HEART-Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce, an
initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel in cooperation with the
government of Israel, announced last week that the database hit the 1.5
million mark in the number of available records.
The online database was unveiled May 1 with 500,000 records. The
records have been made available to help Jewish families identify
personal property confiscated by the Nazis and to help victims seek
restitution, according to the project.
The records include property addresses, lists of homeowners,
professions, lists of known confiscated properties, business
directories, insurance policies and other archival information.
"This is the first worldwide list of property confiscated, looted or
forcibly sold during the Holocaust era to be made available to survivors
and their heirs," Anya Verkhovskaya, HEART project director, said,
adding that "the response to the database has been overwhelming, with
approximately 100,000 hits happening each week."