(US) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Introduces Bill Restoring Rights of Holocaust Era Insurance Benefits

Jan Meisels Allen


Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced a bi-partisan bill, The Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2019, that would restore the rights of Holocaust-era insurance beneficiaries to recover billions in unclaimed payments left behind after World War ll. Co-sponsors currently include: Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-New York.   Senator Marco Rubio R-FL introduced the companion bill , S 2621 in October. ( See: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/2621/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Holocaust+Insurance+Accountability+Act%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=8).  The House version is not yet printed nor does it have a bill number.


Due to federal court rulings and a failure by insurance companies to adequately publish the names of recipients and pay these claims, 97 percent of the approximately 800,000 policies held in 1938 have yet to be honored. The insurers’ unreasonable demands that death certificates and original policy paperwork be produced is all but impossible for survivors who, at the time, had just survived death camps, forced relocations, torture and death marches.


The legislation would: validate state laws requiring insurers to publish policy holder information; establish a federal cause of action in U.S. courts to ensure Holocaust survivors and heirs have access to U.S. courts; and provide a 10-year period of time for cases to be brought after the date of enactment.


To read Rep. Wasserman-Shultz’s press release see”: https://wassermanschultz.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2430



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





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