New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office is teaming up with the Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce, also known as Project HEART, to cross-reference their databases in order to track down property of Jewish Holocaust victims, The New York Daily News reported.
DiNapoli's office is custodian of more than $12 billion in dormant bank accounts, insurance claims, wages, utility deposits, stocks and dividends.
“This endeavor with Project HEART is a small step in ensuring that victims of the Holocaust and their heirs receive some of what was taken from them,” DiNapoli said. “I strongly urge other state comptrollers and treasurers to join this importance effort. My office will work to provide restitution to Jewish victims of the Holocaust and their heirs.”
The non-profit Project HEART is administrated by the Israeli government in conjunction with the Jewish Agency For Israel. Its website, which is available in 13 languages, catalogues properties that were confiscated or forcibly sold during the Holocaust, including real estate, art, stocks, bonds and outstanding loans.