In July of 1997, the Swiss Banker's Association published a list of dormant accounts originally opened by non-
Also search for unclaimmed properties of old Swiss Bank accounts
In October of 1997, SBA published a second list of 14,445 dormant accounts worth $8.2 million. It contained primarily those accounts opened by Swiss citizens prior to the end of World War II, but included names of foreign owners as well. Accounts containing less than 100 Francs were excluded, although these were turned over to ICEP. For details contact ICEP at: 20 rue de Candolle (3rd Floor) 1205 Geneva, Switzerland; or visit: http://www.crt-
The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP) have since resulted in the discovery of additional dormant accounts -
The published lists contain all types of dormant accounts, including interest-
The Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) handles processing of all claims on accounts due non-
If you believe you may be entitled to an account not on any published list, contact: Swiss Banking Ombudsman, Schweizergasse 2, CH-
Holocaust victims and heirs may also be entitled to receive part of a $1.25 billion class action settlement. Class members are those who: (a) had bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, and/or securities on deposit at any Swiss bank; (b) had assets looted by the Nazi regime with the cooperation of Swiss entities, (c) performed slave labor for Swiss entities, or (d) were denied entry or otherwise persecuted after gaining entry to the country.
While the initial emphasis was on bank accounts, safe deposit boxes and stolen gold, emphasis has shifted to looted art, unpaid insurance policies, and compensation for those who were forced to endure slave labor.
Many Europeans bought life and property insurance policies in days leading up to the war. As a result of an agreement was reached in London during the meeting of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, families of those who died during the Holocaust will be paid the real value (adjusted for post-
Underwriters agreed to place $90 million in escrow for payment of apparently valid claims that cannot be substantiated because records were destroyed, while an additional $10 million was provided to administer the program. At least one company, Zurich Insurance, has set up a help line at: (888) 301-
The International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC), also known as the Eagleburger Commission, was established in 1998 to expedite the location of lost policies. Visit their website: www.icheic.org
Although the 1953 London Debt Agreement imposed a moratorium on slave labor claims, the 1989 reunification of Germany and two subsequent legal opinions effectively lifted the ban. As a result, at least 40 slave labor cases have been filed in U.S. courts. Due to the number of large number of pending lawsuits and proposed settlements, Holocaust victims and heirs should keep abreast of developments.
The Holocaust Claims Processing Office offers assistance in the recovery of assets deposited (including safe deposit boxes) in Swiss banks between 1/1/33 and 5/9/45; and moneys never paid in connection with insurance policies issued by European underwriters. It can also help track down looted art. Contact:
Holocaust Claims Processing Office
New York State Banking Department
One State Street
New York, NY 10004-
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, 9760 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90035, is another excellent resource. Visit: www.wiesenthal.com
For those filing claims, supporting documentation may be available from Israel's pending Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Go to: www.yadvashem.org
AVOTAYNU, a publisher specializing in Jewish genealogy offers a number of resources on its web site: www.avotaynu.com
Trace and Claim Missing Assets in the UK
The Financial Times reports there is a “sea of unclaimed assets sloshing around the financial system” very conservatively estimated to be worth £77 billion!
Assets are considered dormant when contact with the owner is lost – typically due to a name change after marriage or divorce, an unreported change of address or expired postal forwarding order, and incomplete or illegible records.
It’s important to note millions of family members remain unaware they’re entitled to collect unclaimed assets owed deceased relatives, who passed on without leaving updated financial records for their heirs.
The majority of this lost money comes from dormant bank accounts, orphan pensions, unknown windfalls, missing shares and abandoned dividends, forgotten life insurance policies, National Savings Certificates and Premium Bonds which have not been redeemed. But also included is £300 million in unclaimed National Lottery winnings!
Here is some useful info about tracing dormant accounts in Switzerland:
The official authority is the Swiss Banking Ombudsman