Jewish Colonial Trust Assets

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Jewish Colonial Trust Assets of Porozow Holocaust Victims

Beginning at the end of the 19th century, Diaspora Jews purchased property and securities in the Land of Israel (Mandate Palestine from 1918-1948), depositing money with Jewish Zionist companies or investing directly. Some intended eventually to emigrate to Israel; others were motivated by Zionist zeal or the promise of financial profit.


In 1899, Theodore Herzl established The Jewish Colonial Trust to help prepare the Land of Israel for Jewish settlement and serve as a financial instrument for the Zionist movement. Early in the 20th century, the Trust issued shares of stock, many of which were acquired by Jews in Europe in the period leading up to World War II.


After war broke out, all “enemy assets” assets in Palestine that belonged to citizens of Germany, the Axis powers and countries conquered by Germany became the property of the Mandate government of Palestine under a 1939 ordinance designed to prevent Germany and its allies from seizing capital and property in Israel. Many of these assets were owned by Jews who would lose their lives in the Holocaust.


After the State of Israel was established in 1949, neither the Jewish National Fund nor the Jewish Colonial Trust publicly advertised their possession of assets belonging to Holocaust victims, nor did they act to find heirs. Pressure to right this wrong began in the late 1990s, and an investigation into dormant bank accounts and other Holocaust assets held in Israel was conducted. The result was the Holocaust Victims Assets Law of 2006, which established the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets. The Company’s main purpose is to do justice to the victims of the Holocaust and their heirs and to return the assets, or their fair value, to those entitled to them.


In 2007, the Company published a list of these assets that included 27 former residents of Porozow, all presumably deceased. The names, together with a code number referring to the specific asset, are in the list below. All the assets in question are JCT securities. Anyone wishing to submit a request for restitution of an asset should visit the Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets web page here.

 

 

Surname Given Name Asset Number

Aisenfeld

Benjamin

A65005

Alpert

Israel

A65006

Bron

Joseph

A65007

Chasanowicz

Simon

A65008

Drogiczansky

Hirsch

A65009

Drogiczansky

M.

A65010

Epstein

Abraham

A65011

Feinsilber

Salom

A65012

Frenkel

Wolf

A65013

Gluckfeld

Salomon

A65014

Jelim

Leib

A65015

Jelim

Scholem

A65016

Krawetzki

Wigder

A65017

Krupernik

Moses Ar.

A65018

Lewin

Joseph

A65019

Maletz

Benjamin

A65020

Margolis

Jedida

A65022

Margolis

Moses

A65023

Mirski

Joseph

A65024

Rosenblum

Ab.Pinch

A65025

Rosenfeld

Sam

A65026

Schapiro

Moses

A65027

Schebschinski

Markus

A65028

Schereschewski

Isaac

A65029

Schnitzki

Samuel

A65030

Serlin

Soroch Jacob

A65031

Urlianski

Aisik

A65032

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