Holocaust Claims: Recovering from Swiss Banks and the German Government


Monday, November 16, 2015 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290


Professor Leonard Orland, who taught at UConn School of Law for more than 30 years, will return to share his experience participating in two groundbreaking compensation programs for Holocaust victims.

A 1996 class action against Swiss banks for accounts of Jewish depositors resulted in a recovery of $1.25 billion, the background of which Professor Orland reveals in his 2001 book, “A Final Accounting: Holocaust Victims and Swiss Banks.” A second program established by the German government awarded billions of dollars to compensate victims forced to live in Jewish Ghettos or sent to concentration camps.

In connection with the program, Germany authorized the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany to administer a claims process for victims. Professor Orland has recently been appointed by the Claims Conference as an appellate magistrate to review cases in which awards were terminated because of fraud.

A reception will follow the event. 


Julia B. Dunlop


If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at law.access@uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.