80 Illinois banks agree to waive fee for Holocaust survivors
by Elizabeth Tenety
Jan 22, 2008

Nazi Germany inflicted its genocidal reign an ocean away, more than 60 years ago. Today, 5,000 Holocaust survivors reside in Illinois and many qualify for restitution from the country they left behind.

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias announced Tuesday an initiative asking Illinois banks to voluntarily waive international wire transfer fees on payments from the German government to Holocaust survivors. These payments are comprised of several programs to pay victims for their suffering or material loss.