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Governor Pataki Encourages Holocaust Survivors or Heirs to Testify at Public Hearing on Insurance Claims

February 4, 1998

Governor George E. Pataki today announced that the New York State Insurance Department will host a public hearing for Holocaust survivors, their heirs, and other interested parties to discuss uncollected insurance claims arising from policies sold before and during the Holocaust era.

"This hearing is part of our on-going effort to seek justice for Holocaust survivors and their heirs," Governor Pataki said. "Last year, we set up our Holocaust Claims Processing Office to assist Holocaust survivors and their heirs in seeking money long-owed to them through Swiss Banks or European insurers. I urge any Holocaust survivor or their heirs to attend this hearing."

"It’s important that we let European insurers know that we haven’t forgotten the Holocaust, and that we will use all the resources at our disposal to see that Holocaust survivors and their heirs receive justice," the Governor said.

This hearing is one of a series being held throughout the country by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Working Group on Holocaust/Insurance Issues. The New York State Insurance Department is a member of that working group, which was created to investigate Holocaust-related insurance claims and problems. Previous hearings were held in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Seattle.

The hearing will be held February 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hotel Pennsylvania located at 401 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan. Those people interested in being added to the speaker’s list for the hearing should call the Public Affairs & Research Bureau of the State Insurance Department at (212) 480-5262.

New York State Department of Insurance Superintendent Neil D. Levin said, "Through Governor Pataki’s historic efforts in opening the State’s Holocaust Claims Processing Office, New York has led the way in assisting Holocaust victims in the preparation and expeditious processing of their claims. I am proud of our state’s commitment and hope that through these public forums we can help resolve legitimate claims and obtain some degree of justice for those who have suffered so much."


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