Published: 10/07/2007

A U.S. Congressional hearing has drawn attention to the dearth of funds awarded to Holocaust survivors.

Florida Congressman Robert Wexler (D-Fl.) led a hearing on Oct. 3 on Capitol Hill to show how few funds the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims awarded to Holocaust survivors between 1998 and the time it closed its doors this spring.

Wexler has drafted The Holocaust Insurance Equitability Act (H.R. 1746) to seek an opening of insurance company records in Europe and grant American survivors the ability to have their claims addressed in United States Federal Court. Wexler, who heads the Subcommittee of Europe of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, he heard testimony from survivors who’d been denied their insurance claims by the international Holocaust commission