‘Treasury acted as stealthy thieves in handling of Holocaust victims’ property’
The Finance Ministry [of Israel] may have ordered the destruction of ownership documents of land in British-mandate Palestine that was purchased by European Jews who died in the Holocaust, according to a recent report. The land was then sold to third parties who were unaware of the true owners’ identity.
The internal report, commissioned by the Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets, was submitted two weeks ago to the company’s board of directors. It points to some 30 assets defined as “highly likely” to have belonged to Jewish Holocaust victims.
By Tomer Zarchin