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Hashava - The Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets

The Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets was established in 2007 under Israeli law in order to do historical justice with the victims of the Holocaust and reinstate with their legal heirs those assets located in Israel and which were purchased before they found their death under the Nazi regime.

Thousands of Jewish people invested in pre-state Israel before World War II. Believing in a Jewish state, they opened bank accounts, purchased stocks, bonds and real estate. 60,000 of these assets have been located by Hashava, which is actively seeking the rightful heirs. 

The Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets has the following published goals:
The Assets Law stipulates that the primary task of the Company is the identification of Holocaust victims' assets that are located in Israel and the location of legal heirs in order to unite the two. The law also determines that assets whose owners cannot be found will be transferred for aid to Holocaust survivors in need, as well as for education,and commemoration projects related to the Holocaust and its victims. The Company's internet site includes a list of assets in Israel whose owners most probably died in the Holocaust, so that the offspring of the Holocaust generation - or any person with information regarding relatives who lived in Europe and died in the Holocaust - may examine it and locate the assets of their loved ones. The Company was incorporated as a private corporation on August 31, 2006. Its shares are held by the State, and it is obligated to act for the public's benefit without profit (NPO).

Published on the Hashava/Company site is a list of assets located in Israel which belonged to families and which are available to be reclaimed.  This can be searched at

Types of assets administered by the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets include:

  bul1_2 Real estate - apartments, buildings, land plots and subdivided plots in Israel.
 bul1_2 Monies - accounts opened in Israeli banks, shares and bonds. Monies acquired through the
    sale or expropriation of real estate, and the compensation received from profitable assets
    rental fees on apartments and land.

 bul1_2 Jewish Colonial Trust (JCT) shares - Shares in the Jewish Colonial Fund established by
    Bejamin Ze'ev Herzl in 1899 to serve as the Zionist Movement's financial arm.
 bul1_2 Contents of safes and art pieces

Also published on the website, is a list of names of asset owners.  This is on the webpage

The site provides details of how to make an application

The homepage of the website is

Contact Details
The Company for Location & Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets
18 Hasivim St.
Petach Tikva 49250
Israel : Tel: + (972)-3-516-4117

Hashava website accessed most recently on 2 April 2013