From the Office of the State Comptroller of New York
The Office of Unclaimed Funds (OUF) has partnered with Project HEART (Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce) to reunite Holocaust survivors and heirs with their unclaimed funds that may be held by the State of New York. (The Jewish Week reports that so far there have been 4,000 matches..)
For Funds Held by Swiss Banks and Insurance Companies in Europe
If you are seeking information on accounts or policies established between January 1, 1933 and May 9, 1945, with Swiss banks or insurance companies, you may contact the New York State Department of Financial Services Holocaust Claims Processing Office (HCPO) as follows:
By Mail: Holocaust Claims Processing Office New York State Department of Financial Services One State Street New York, NY 10004-1511
By Phone: 1-800-695-3318 ( within the U.S.), 212-709-5583 (outside the U.S.), 212-709-5592 (fax)
Claim forms and instructions can be downloaded from the HCPO Internet website. In addition, the HCPO will provide assistance in completing a claim form. The NYS Comptroller’s Office of Unclaimed Funds works in conjunction with the HCPO to ensure a thorough search of all available records.
For Funds Held by Swiss Bank Branches in New York State
At the beginning of WWII many of the Swiss banks established branch operations in New York. The Swiss banks subsequently transferred funds to their New York branches. After the war, the vast majority of those funds were transferred back to the Swiss banks in Europe. However, in some instances, funds belonging to Holocaust survivors and victims remained in those New York branches. Due to account inactivity, some of those branch offices subsequently reported those funds to the New York State Comptroller’s Office as dormant accounts. While many of these accounts have already been claimed by the rightful owners, some accounts still remain outstanding.
If you have reason to believe that you are the owner of such an account, or you are an owner’s heir, you may write to this Office and our staff will conduct a thorough search of our records.
Office of Unclaimed Funds
Re: Holocaust Era Accounts
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12236
Please provide as much information as you have available to assist us in our search