Project HEART 311.
(photo credit: Project HEART)
A new Holocaust era restitution project has been founded to identify the victims
whose assets were confiscated by the Nazis.
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An initiative of the Jewish
Agency with the support of the government, the Holocaust Era Asset Restitution
Taskforce – Project HEART – aims to provide the tools, strategy and information
to enable “a small measure of justice to eligible heirs of Jewish victims, the
victims themselves, and the Jewish people.”
At this initial stage,
Project HEART is focusing on identifying people with potential claims regarding
the following types of private property for which no restitution was received:
Property that was located in countries that were controlled by the Nazi forces
or Axis powers at any time during the Holocaust era.
• Property that
belonged to Jews as defined by Nazi/Axis racial laws, and
• Property that was
confiscated, looted or forcibly sold by the Nazi forces or Axis powers during
the Holocaust era.
“Many victims of the Holocaust returned to their homes
to find that they had no ability to recover their own property,” said Jewish
Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said. “Project HEART is a general comprehensive
program that is launched to gather information with the eventual purpose of
receiving compensation for property looted, stolen or forcibly sold during the
Jewish Holocaust victims and their heirs worldwide whose
families owned movable, immovable or intangible personal property that was
confiscated, looted or forcibly sold in countries governed or occupied by the
Nazi forces or Axis powers during the Holocaust era are eligible. The only
limitation for application is that if restitution was made to a victim or the
victim’s heirs for that property after the Holocaust era, then they are not
eligible for restitution.
“It is not necessary to have evidence of
property ownership to be eligible to apply. If individuals believe they owned or
were beneficiaries of such property, they should fill out the questionnaire,”
Project Director Anya Verkhovskaya said.
Questionnaires will be processed
based on agreements with relevant governments or authorities.
information, go to www.heartwebsite.org.