ICHEIC ... ... ... The International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims


ICHEIC was established in 1998 following negotiations among European insurance companies and U.S. insurance regulators, as well as representatives of international Jewish and survivor organizations and the State of Israel. The resulting Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") [26Kb] - signed on August 25, 1998, by several European insurance companies- created ICHEIC.

Through the MOU, ICHEIC is charged with establishing a just process to collect and facilitate the signatory companies' processing of insurance claims from the Holocaust period. Individuals negotiating on behalf of the companies and those negotiating on behalf of the claimants (U.S. insurance regulators from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and international Jewish and survivor organizations) became either members of ICHEIC or Alternates or Observers to the Commission and all have a voice in the organization. Signatory companies agreed to process claims according to ICHEIC guidelines, which were negotiated and established by consensus among the ICHEIC membership.

ICHEIC was the first organization ever to offer Holocaust survivors and their heirs an avenue to pursue a claim against an insurance company at no cost. The Commission was created as a means of addressing the gaps and shortfalls of postwar compensation programs of the 1950s and 1960s and was intended to provide an opportunity for thousands of Holocaust survivors and their heirs to submit claims for the first time.

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