Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Sponsor Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2021 #usa #holocaust


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL-23)are the sponsors of reintroduced legislation, The Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2021, to reclaim unpaid insurance policies of Holocaust victims.  Nearly 800,000 unclaimed Holocaust-era insurance policies held in 1938 are the focus of new legislation. The legislation is a bid to “restore the rights of Holocaust-era insurance beneficiaries in recovering billions in unclaimed payments that were left behind amid the chaos and destruction of World War II.”


To read the joint press release by both Senator Rubio and Representative Wasserman-Schultz see:

https://wassermanschultz.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2596

 

“The insurers’ demand that death certificates and original policy paperwork be produced was all but impossible for many of those families who, at the time, had just survived death camps, experienced forced relocations, torture, and death marches,” the statement pointed out.

 

The legislation would:

  • validate state laws requiring insurers to publish policy holder information,
  • establish a federal cause of action in US courts to ensure Holocaust survivors and heirs have access to US courts; and
  • provide a ten-year period of time for cases to be brought after the date of enactment.

 

Bill 1083 was introduced on April 13 and sent to the Committee on the Judiciary.  The companion bill in the House is  H.R. 2493  was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary. At the time of this posting the bill was not yet available from the Government Printing Office. When it is available it can be located at:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/1083?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Marco+Rubio%22%2C%22Marco+Rubio--holocaust%22%2C%22Marco+Rubio%22%2C%22Marco+Rubio--holocaust%22%5D%7D&s=3&r=1

 

Currently Senate bill 1063 is co-sponsored by  Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV); Rick Scott, (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Joanie Ernst R-IA and Kevin Cramer R-ND.

 

The companion bill in the House is  H.R. 2493, and is co-sponsored by Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1), John Garamendi (D-CA-3) and David Kustoff (R-TN-8). That bill is also not available from the Government Printing Office at the time of this posting. When this bill is available it can be accessed at:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/2493/all-actions?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Debbie+Wasserman--holocaust%22%5D%7D&s=5&r=1

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee