By Tomer Zarchin

The Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets has two functions, according to the law. One is to locate assets belonging Holocaust victims and see that they are given to their heirs. The other is to assist survivors and groups supporting survivors with funds belonging to victims, who do not have heirs or whose heirs cannot be located. As reported in Haaretz yesterday, the majority of heirs have not yet received restitution.

The company’s other function, assisting organizations that support Holocaust survivors, is also controversial. In 2008, the company devoted NIS 100 million to assisting survivors, of which NIS 25 million were given to organizations and projects. However, not all the organizations are dedicated specifically to assisting survivors.

In addition, the criteria for distributing the funds were not determined until December 2007, when the chairman of the Holocaust Survivors Welfare Fund, Ze’ev Factor, and Jenny Rosenstein, a survivor who needed false teeth, petitioned the High Court of Justice to order the company to assist needy survivors.