“PROTEST JEWS HONORING NAZIS STEALING FROM HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS”
DECEMBER 3, 2013…. NOON TO 2:00 PM
AND 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL, NYC, 49TH ST. AND PARK AVE.
PLEASE LET EVERYONE KNOW. THE DANGERS ARE GREAT. DIDN’T WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM 1938 THAT LED TO THE HOLOCAUST AND WWII?
ALLIANZ IS A GERMAN INSURANCE COMPANY THAT INSURED THE DEATH CAMPS AND OTHER NAZI FACILITIES AND BUSINESSES DURING WORLD WAR II. ITS CHAIRMAN KURT SCHMITT WAS AN EARLY NAZI PARTY MEMBER AND SERVED AS HITLER’S MINISTER OF ECONOMICS. AT THE SAME TIME IT WAS INSURING DEATH CAMPS, ALLIANZ WAS SELLING LIFE INSURANCE TO JEWISH FAMILIES THROUGHOUT EUROPE – POLICIES IT DISHONORED AFTER THE HOLOCAUST AND CONTINUES TO DISHONOR TODAY. IN ALL, ALLIANZ OWES OVER $2.5 BILLION TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS’ HEIRS BUT REFUSES TO PAY EVEN TO THIS DAY.
THE TOTAL OF SUCH UNPAID POLICIES SOLD BY ALL SIMILAR INSURANCE COMPANIES, INCLUDING GENERALI, AXA, AND OTHERS EXCEEDS $20 BILLION FROM ALL THOSE INSURANCE COMPANIES. SHALOM INTERNATIONAL AND HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND SECOND GENERATION GROUPS HAVE PROTESTED ALLIANZ FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS AT ITS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT IN BOCA RATON FLORIDA, WITH OVER 2000 MEDIA OUTLETS COVERING THE STORY. YET EVERY YEAR ALLIANZ HAS PROMISED TO MEET WITH THE SURVIVORS FACE TO FACE BUT FAILED TO HONOR THAT MINIMAL COURTESY, LET ALONE PAY THEM FOR INSURANCE POLICES AND ALLIANZ’S CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.
YOU MAY RECALL THAT ALLIANZ TRIED TO GET ITS NAME ON NEW JETS AND GIANT’S STADIUM FOR $300 MILLION, BUT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WERE OTURAGED AT THE IDEA OF ALLOWING THEIR COMMUNITY TO BE A BILLBOARD TO WHITEWASH ALLIANZ’S DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOR. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ALLIANZ HAS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS FOR SPORTS BUT NOTHING FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS? NOW ALLIANZ IS TRYING TO LAUNDER ITS REPUTATION BY BUYING OFF THIS JEWISH FOUNDATION FOR THE RIGHTEOUS, THE ORGANIZATION HONORING ALLIANZ ON DECEMBER 3, SO THE COMPANY CAN SAY IT HAS THE BLESSING OF A RESPECTABLE SOUNDING JEWISH GROUP WILLING TO OVERLOOK ITS DISASTROUS NAZI POLITICS, WHILE IT IGNORES THE SURVIVORS UNTIL THEY ARE ALL DEAD.
THERE IS NOTHING RIGHTEOUS ABOUT TRIVIALIZING THE HOLOCAUST OR ALLOWING THE VICTIMS OF THE NAZIS TO CONTINUE TO SUFFER, WHEN HALF OF ALL SURVIVORS EVEN IN THIS COUNTRY LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL, LET ALONE DENYING THE VICTIMS THEIR INDIVIDUAL FAMILY LEGACIES. ONLY THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS THEMSELVES, ALLIANZ’S VICTIMS, HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHEN THE COMPANY HAS APPROPRIATELY RECONCILED ITS FINANCIAL AND MORAL ACCOUNTS.
ALLIANZ IS USING ITS ILL-GOTTEN GAINS TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM ITS MISCONDUCT. IT IS NOW PART OF AAA AND ADVERTISES ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, GARRISON KEILLOR, AND MSNBC AND CNBC, AMONG OTHERS. SHAME ON THIS JEWISH GROUP TRIVIALIZING THE HOLOCAUST AND ALSO RATIONALIZING ALLIANZ’S THEFT OF BILLONS OF DOLLARS FROM HOLOCAUST VICTIMS. THE AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS HAS ALSO TAKEN MONEY FROM ALLIANZ, JOINING THE ANTI DEFAMATION LEAGUE WHICH RECEIVED MONEY FROM THE EQUALLY GUILTY GENERALI OF ITALY.
WHY WOULD ANY RESPECTABLE JEWISH ORGANIZATION – MUCH LESS ONE THAT TOUTS HOLOCAUST-BASED CREDENTIALS — BECOME A PARTY TO SUCH A CORRUPT BARGAIN? HOW CAN WE STAND BY FOR SUCH AN OUTRAGE? WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY? WHEN THE GRASS ROOTS JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE LEADERSHIP ACCEPTS THESE MORAL COMPROMISES, IT BECOMES EASIER TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE CLAIMS CONFERENCE ALLOWED $57 MILLION TO BE LOOTED FROM PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO ASSIST NEEDY SURVIVORS WITHOUT RAISING AN EYBROW OVER A 16 YEAR PERIOD, AND THEN HAVE THE ARROGANCE TO DEFEND ITSELF BY SAYING THAT NO SURVIVORS WERE HURT BY THE FRAUD. WHERE WERE THE DIRECTORS? WHERE WERE THE AUDITORS? WHERE WAS THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP?
GERMANY AND GERMAN CORPORATIONS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE HOLOCAUST AND SLAVE LABOR HAVE MANAGED TO SKATE WITH MINIMAL COMENSATION FOR SURVIVORS, WHILE PAYING PENSIONS TO THE NAZI MASS MURDERERS THEY ALLOWED TO GO FREE. THERE WERE OVER 46,000 PLACES OF MASS MURDER IN THE HOLOCAUST. TODAY THE WORLD’S LARGEST JEWISH CEMETERIES, THE ‘DEATH CAMPS’ ALLIANZ INSURED, ARE DESECRATED AND COMMERCIALIZED AS MONEY-MAKERS WHILE THE VICTIMS OF NAZIS CONTINUE TO SUFFER UNBEARABLE POVERTY AND MISERY IN THEIR FINAL YEARS. THIS IS INEXCUSABLE AND WHY WE PROTEST.
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Survivors protest JFR honoree
10:44 AM EST, November 13, 2013
Holocaust survivors in South Florida are protesting the choice of an Allianz of America lobbyist as the recipient of an award from The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at a dinner next month in New York City.
David Schaecter, 84, of Miami, president of Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation USA, an umbrella group for survivor organizations, said the choice of an Allianz lobbyist violates any standard of decency, fairness and justice.
“How in hell can I explain; how in hell can any survivor explain to these people. They’ve gone out of their minds. We just found out that Allianz insured Birkenau. They insured the god damned gas chambers.”
Allianz insured concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Dachau. Its CEO wore an SS uniform and was Adolf Hitler’s economics minister.
During World War II, Allianz refused to pay Jewish beneficiaries on the life insurance policies of their parents. The money was sent to the Nazis. Holocaust survivors think that they or survivors’ heirs are due $2.5 billion from the giant, international insurance company.
“They have robbed our people to the core,” Schaecter said. “They not only took away our dignity. They took away our heritage.”
The Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation sent a letter to The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous expressing its “profound shock and dismay that the [organization] is honoring one of the executives of the Allianz insurance conglomerate with the ‘Recognition of Goodness Award.’
The letter requested that the JFR cancel the program or “find a recipient other than one whose corporate parent collaborated with the Nazi regime and profited from the deaths of our loved ones and thousands of other Holocaust victims.”
It continued, “It would be a shame, and a permanent blot on the organization’s excellent work, if JFR were to now dishonor the Jewish victims of the Holocaust by accepting money from Allianz.”
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial assistance to more than 600 persons around the world who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. It also runs a national Holocaust education program that preserves the legacy of the rescuers.
Years ago, Herbert Karliner, 87, of Aventura tried to get an insurance benefit from Allianz on a policy his father took out in Germany in the 1930s. Karliner’s father’s store was ransacked and its windows broken during Kristallnacht on Nov. 9, 1938, and the policy disappeared. He was told that the policy benefit was collected on Nov. 9 of that year.
Karliner applied again. He and his brother, the only survivors of the family, received $900 from Allianz, a small benefit after so many years, Karliner said. “It’s ridiculous. Allianz has so much money and they got it from a lot of Jews who had insurance policies.”
Stanlee Stahl, JFR’s executive director, declined comment but a spokesman emailed a statement to the South Florida Jewish Journal.
“Peter Lefkin [senior vice president, government and external affairs, Allianz Corporation of America] has spent many years in Washington advocating on behalf of important causes to Americans and the Jewish community, and is worthy of being honored by our organization,” the statement said.
“While we are sensitive to the feelings expressed by some Holocaust survivors and their families, Allianz never killed anyone and they participated fully in the settlement reached with leading European insurance companies that paid millions of dollars to survivors,” the statement continued.
“It was the feeling of our Board that after nearly 70 years following World War II, our community should be able to honor a man who deserves it and that we should be able to look beyond the accusations made against the company that he works for. Allianz of America is not the same company that sold policies to Jews in Germany and other European countries overrun by the Nazis. It is a different company, owned by different shareholders and run by a new generation of executives.”
Samuel Dubbin, a Coral Gables attorney who represents Holocaust survivors seeking benefits from Allianz and other companies that insured Jews in Europe prior to World War II, said the survivors, not JFR, have the right to decide when it is time to move on. “The victims have to say that the company made good. You reconcile with your victims, your customers and then you can talk about the time that has passed,” Dubbin said. “Who on the board [of JFR] has the moral stature to make that decision to pardon Allianz.”
Honoring an Allianz lobbyist “corrupts the very meaning of the words in the name of the organization,” Dubbin said.
Copyright © 2013, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
PROTEST JEWS HONORING NAZIS STEALING FROM HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS