The Asset Location and Information Division is in charge of the momentous task of amending the historic injustice caused the beneficiaries of the Holocaust victims and restoring the assets which they purchased in Israel, to their loved ones. The Division is responsible for the process of locating assets on the one hand, and finding the beneficiaries on the other.
The Asset Location and Information Division is under the direction of Attn. Elinor Kroitoru and it is responsible for the following areas:
- Asset Location - Fulfilling the Company's commitment to claim assets in Israel belonging to Holocaust victims.
The Division is authorized by the Company to locate abandoned real estate assets and locate assets held by various entities, including the State of Israel. In addition, the Division is authorized to locate funds, shares and securities which were deposited and purchased from entities functioning in the Land of Israel during the twenties and thirties.
Furthermore, the company seeks to locate art works and cultural objects belonging to Holocaust victims, found in Israel, devoid of known owners or heirs. Click for further information regarding works of art.
Asset Location research is performed by the cross referencing of historical documents found in various archives with current updated information regarding real estate and finances.
If you know that relatives of your family who perished in the Holocaust purchased assets in Israel, and their names do not appear on the list of assets or if you have information regarding a Holocaust victim’s assets located in Israel, please fill in the application form found here.
- Location of Beneficiaries and Information - "closure" for families of the victims.
The Company seeks to locate heirs by means of publicity and broadcasting in Israel and abroad, inviting potential heirs to review the names in the list of assets.
In addition, the Company maintains a team of researchers collecting information regarding asset owners who died in the holocaust, and generating family trees in order to find their living heirs.
The Beneficiary Location researchers build a "puzzle" from the partial information they assemble from online archived databases throughout the world, adding pieces of information daily until they have the full picture of all of the branches of the family. The researchers access archives throughout Europe, in order to find authentic documentation of the owners of assets and their relatives, examine hundreds of pages of testimonials at "Yad Veshem", examine what happened to the members of the family, thus establishing if they perished and if so when? Were they saved and did they escape? Where did they start their new lives?
In addition to the archives, the researchers utilize the many databases found on the internet; Jewish genealogical databases including information regarding the period of the Holocaust. "Google" also often serves the researchers in their daily effort, and then they might find the long lost heir on "Facebook".
In the process of their work, the researchers review entire lives of people and communities which no longer exist, uncover touching family stories about relatives who didn't know about each other, providence, fate, the heroism of victims during the Holocaust, and the lives which their relatives faced in the aftermath.
- Information systems, archives and information management - technology in the service of history
The Division creates a technological infrastructure for the diverse activities of the Company and efficiently and visibly supplies most of the information and data required by all levels of the organization for the execution of the Company's ongoing activities.
These activities include the management, updating, processing and optimization of data received from external entities, maintenance of the various databases of the Company and the establishment and maintenance of the computer systems used for various activities (application management of requests from the public, follow up of location research, payment management, aid management etc.)
During its years of activity, the Company has acquired more than a million archived documents of various kinds which are utilized for the purpose of location and restitution. The information sector of the Division invests considerable efforts in the management of information, its enhancement and its accessibility to all sections of the Company.