During World War II, many Jewish families in Europe purchased life insurance policies as financial protection for loved ones who would survive the war. However, Nazi Germany did not preserve insurance policy documents nor did they issue death certificates for Jews and countless untold others murdered in the concentration camps. As a result, many Holocaust victims and their heirs to this day have been unable to collect on the policies purchased over half a century ago.
The State of California's Department of Insurance has played a pivotal role in protecting the rights of Holocaust survivors and their heirs. California was instrumental in the establishment of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC), (www.icheic.org), and acted as both an active participant and a constructive critic in ICHEIC's development and work. After ICHEIC's closing in March 2007, the Department remains aggressive in its representation of claimant's interest. The Department's files regarding ICHEIC's development and operation, as well as claims files, will be preserved at the California State Archive in Sacramento. ICHEIC's documents will become part of the archive at the US Holocaust Museum.
This website is a public resource for all people to learn more about Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Please select one of the areas below for more information.
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