Holocaust era insurance policies #austria-czech
some years ago the "Generali Fund" was established, in order to compensate
heirs of people who were insured by "Generali" company and perished in the
People who think that their relatives had insurance policy, issued by
"Generali", can contact the fund *** directly *** (without the help of lawyers,
etc..) and *** with with no cost at all ***.
"Generali Fund" do not publish a list of policy holders, but there is a site
which allows searching for policy holders of "Generali" and other companies.
The site is at www.pheip.org/search.asp
* I suggest that you enter only the surname and go through the all list of
* Enter different spellings of your surnames.
If a person had insurance at "Generali" - it would *probably* be indicated
on this site. (it seems that other companies are not specified, eventhough
the names of insured people are found on the site).
If you find a relative with "Generali" insurance policy (or if not and you
just want to be sure...) I strongly suggest that you contact "Generali Fund"
office and ask for claim forms. I know only the address of the office in
1 Shazar st.
(if you are not located in Israel you might want to search for a local
office, if exists...)
If indeed they find a policy of your relatives then, besides the possible
payment that the heirs might get, you can also get some genealogical
Date and place of birth and occupation of the policy holder and name of
As far as I know, the last date for submitting claims is January 2007, so
now is the time to do it!
Tomer Brunner, Israel
Celia Male <celiamale@...>
Tomer Brunner told us about this website: www.pheip.org/search.asp
and suggested contacting Generali in Israel.
I contacted Generali in Trieste re my Viennese uncle's confirmed insurance
policy. At first they denied any evidence of relationship and then they wrote
that as he was married to my mother's sister who predeceased him, I was not
eligible as I was not in the direct line according to Austrian law. So there
you are. The money remains where it is, as there are no direct descendants - my
uncle and aunt were childless. If ever there was a case for latitude, this is
it. By the way these problems are best aired on a dedicated discussion group:
Holocaust Era Restitutions Discussion Group
The founder and Moderator is none other than Austria-Czech and Hungarian Sigger
Tom Venetianer [Brazil] who has worked very hard for many aspects of
I doubt there is much in this insurance policy [my uncle was a junior doctor in
Vienna at the time, who then started again in the USA], but it was a matter of
principle. I also found my great-uncle's name on the Austrian Postsparkasse
account list [PSK]. I got a token 100 Euro for that plundered account. When it
was handed over to me in person, I burst into tears - Leo WOTTITZ had died in
Theresienstadt and although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I could
"hear" his sarcastic comments. I recently found his brother Ernst had another
obscure Austrian Postsparkasse Overseas account. I expect I will get enough for
"wurstl", when that finally is settled. The link to these archived PSK accounts
is on our own website: Beginners Guide to Austrian-Jewish genealogy:
H. Postsparkasse Report
The Austrian Postsparkasse bank has published a report on assets held by Jewish
Austrians that were taken by the Nazis. The entire list of account-holders is
available on the web at http://www.psk.co.at/pskgruppe/report/index.html
BTW I know of others who have received unexpected *large* windfalls - so don't
give up, but join h-justice for advice >from those who have first-hand
Celia Male [U.K.]