NY comptroller to help locate Holocaust victims' assets
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
August 6, 2012 15:25
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has agreed to help track down property that belonged to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, a Jewish group said Monday.
Project Heart, a Holocaust restitution taskforce set up by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the government, said the ombudsman agreed to search his state's financial database for lost bank accounts opened by Jews known to have died in Europe during World War II.
DiNapoli said he would search through information for 48 million lost accounts that dates back to 1943 for names of known Holocaust victims.
"The issue of restoring Jewish property to their owners is still key even though 70 years have passed since the war's end," said Lea Nass, Deputy Minister of Pensioners Affairs.
"In order to advance this cause we must exert the utmost international pressure to return Jewish property to the families of the victims."