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2008

December 10, 2008 Painting Lost Due to Nazi Persecution Returned to Stern Estate
October 2, 2008 Eight Artworks returned to rightful heir from Austrian museums with assistance of holocaust claims processing office
May 6, 2008 Anna Rubin, Director of the Holocaust Claims Processing Office, Testifies Before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Democracy and Human Rights on Holocaust Era Insurance Restitution after ICHEIC

2007

December 6, 2007 Painting Lost Due to Nazi Persecution Returned to Rightful Owner
October 30, 2007 Looted Drawing Returned to Heirs of Original Owner
September 6 , 2007 The Foundation for the Lithuanian Jewish Heritage to Receive Holocaust Era Accounts
June 14, 2007 Painting Destined for Hitler’s Museum Returned to Rightful Owners
March 29, 2007 

Holocaust Era Insurance Claims Commission to Close

February 27, 2007  Painting Lost During Nazi Forced Sale Returned to Rightful Owners

2006

Speeches

July 27, 2006

Testimony of Catherine Lillie, Director of the Holocaust Claims Processing Office before the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology

Press Releases

October 19. 2006

Painting Lost During Nazi Forced Sale Returned to Rightful Owners

March 27, 2006 City of Vienna Returns World War I-era Torah Cover to Brooklyn-Based Descendants of Holocaust Survivors

2004

Speeches

April 29, 2004 Superintendent Taylor Testifies Before Judge Korman at a Swiss Bank Holocaust Litigation Hearing

Press Releases

May 21, 2004 Governor Announces Second Holocaust-Era Art Recovery in One Month, Painting Returned to Rightful Heir
May 7, 2004 Governor Announces Major Holocaust-Era Art Recovery

2003

Press Releases

September 8, 2003 American Association of Museums Launches Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal
June 17, 2003 Governor Announces Holocaust-Era Art Recovery

2002

Press Releases

December 2, 2002 Governor Pataki Announces Holocaust-Era Art Settlement

2001

Speeches

November 27, 2001 Superintendent McCaul Introduces Governor Pataki and Opens Ceremony and Presentation of Paintings Returned to Holocaust Victims
October 11, 2001 Superintendent McCaul's Eulogy for Neil D. Levin, Former Superintendent of Banks
February 1, 2001 Superintendent Elizabeth McCaul Presents Returned Olevano to Littmann Heir At Museum of Jewish Heritage
January 19, 2001 Superintendent Elizabeth McCaul Testifies On Proposed Claims Resolution Process For Holocaust Victims' Claims Against Swiss Banks

Press Releases

November 27, 2001 Governor: Two Paintings Returned to Heirs of Holocaust Victims - Recovered Paintings Returned to Only Living Child and Holocaust Survivor
June 6, 2001 Governor: Banking Chief to Serve on Holocaust Claims Panel
February 1, 2001 Governor: Painting Is Returned to Heirs of Holocaust Victims
Recovered Painting Returned to Family, Will be Exhibited at Museum of Jewish Heritage
January 19, 2001 Superintendent McCaul Testifies before Court Appointed Special Masters on Proposed Claims Resolution Process for Holocaust Victims' Claims Against Swiss Banks - McCaul Calls for Unfettered Searches of All 4.1 Million Wartime Swiss Accounts

2000

Press Releases

February 15, 2000 Levin Announces Launch of Worldwide Outreach for Holocaust Survivors and Their Families
February 3, 2000 Governor Pataki Announces Holocaust Era Art Settlement: Painting Seized by Nazi in 1940 is Returned to Great-Nieces of Original Owner

1999

Press Releases

December 16, 1999 Levin Reports That International Holocaust Commission Has Set Launch Date for Worldwide Claims Process
September 23, 1999 International Holocaust Commission Meeting Concludes
September 23, 1999 Levin Reports That Two Insurers Are Offering Payments to Holocaust Survivors and Their Heirs
June 25, 1999 Levin Lauds Progress in Claims Resolution Process for New York's Holocaust Survivors and Their Heirs
June 12, 1999 Governor Pataki Announces Holocaust Era Art Settlement
March 26, 1999 Acting Superintendent of Banks Elizabeth McCaul Speaks About Banking Department’s Efforts on Behalf of Holocaust Victims

1998

Press Releases

October 21, 1998

International Commission Holds First Hearing:
Agrees Unanimously to Ask Eagleberger to Serve as Chairman

September 10, 1998 Generali Joins the Historic International Commission - Sixth Insurer Agrees To Resolve Outstanding Claims of Holocaust Victims
August 25, 1998 Four More European Insurers Agree to Resolve Outstanding Claims of Holocaust Victims - Allianz, Axa, Basler Leben, Winterthur Sign Memorandum of Understanding Establishing Historic International Commission
August 13, 1998 Tri-State Press Release: New York, Florida & California - First European Insurer Agrees to Resolve Outstanding Claims of Holocaust Victims; Zurich Insurance Signs Memorandum of Understanding Establishing Historic International Commission
August 13, 1998 First European Insurer Agrees to Resolve Outstanding Claims of Holocaust Victims
August 5, 1998 Superintendent Levin Announces November 5 Deadline for Insurers to Comply with New Holocaust Victims Insurance Law
June 4, 1998 New York State Banking Board Approves Application Which Furthers Merger Plan Of Two Swiss Banks
May 6, 1998 Governor Pataki Expands Role of Holocaust Claims Office - Office Adds Search For Lost, Looted Art to Banking, Insurance Claims
April 8, 1998 New York State Banking Department Signs Consent Order With Union Bank of Switzerland and Its New York Branch
March 24, 1998 Governor Pataki Joins Senator D'Amato To Oppose Swiss Banks Merger - Hails NYS Banking Department's Opposition to the Merger of Swiss Bank & Union Bank
March 17, 1998 New York State Insurance Department Part of National Effort to Gain Justice for Holocaust Survivors and Their Heirs
February 4, 1998 Governor Pataki Encourages Holocaust Survivors or Heirs to Testify at Public Hearing on Insurance Claims

1997

Press Releases

December 7, 1997 Swiss Bank Corporation Signs Consent Order With Banking Department
September 30, 1997 Superintendent Levin Commends Volcker Action on Dormant Swiss Accounts
September 15, 1997 Governor Pataki Opens Holocaust Claims Processing Office
August 13, 1997 Governor Pataki Seeks Justice For Holocaust Victims - Major Investigation Is Launched Into European Insurers
July 23, 1997 Governor Pataki Lauds Release of Account Information by Swiss Banks
June 25, 1997 Testimony of Neil D. Levin
Chairman of the New York State Commission on the Recovery of Holocaust Victims’ Assets before the United States House Committee on Banking and Financial Services
June 25 1997 Governor Creates State Office to Aid Holocaust Survivors and Their Heirs
May 8, 1997 Governor Pataki Names Commission on Recovery of Holocaust Victims' Assets
February 27, 1997 Governor Lauds Historic Accord with Swiss Banking Commission
February 7, 1997 Governor Pataki is Sending Banking Superintendent to Switzerland to Meet with Swiss Bankers - Part of Intense probe into Actions During World War II

 

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