The Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets, established by the state in 2005, has not been able to prevent some private firms and lawyers from unnecessarily mediating between the company and the Holocaust survivors in filing their claims and charging high fees, despite Justice Ministry regulations instituted this year.

Haaretz has learned of once such case, that of Na’ama, who asked that her last name not be used. She is a potential heir to property that belonged to relatives, two doctors who lived in Italy in the 1930s and who deposited money in the Anglo-Palestine Bank, later Bank Leumi.

The couple were murdered at Auschwitz and after the establishment of the state, the money in their account was transferred to the Custodian General in the Justice Ministry. The Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets located two brothers of the couple, in their 90s, who received NIS 40,000 each.

The couple were murdered at Auschwitz and after the establishment of the state, the money in their account was transfered to the Custodian General in the Justice Ministry. The Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets located two brothers of the couple, in their 90s, who received NIS 40,000 each.

However, the company then learned of a third brother, Na’ama’s father, who filed a claim through a lawyer working for a firm called Hahevra Hakalkalit Lehisachon, which was given power of attorney by Na’ama.

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