Much of Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev Built on Land Owned by Holocaust Victims

Much of the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev was built on land belonging to Jewish victims of the Holocaust. This discovery was made recently by the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets, established in 2007 by the Israeli government for the purpose of finding assets in Israel belonging to Holocaust victims and restoring them to their legal heirs.

The lands, now worth tens of millions of shekels, were purchased before World War II by European Jews – mainly in Latvia and Estonia, but also in Romania and Belgium. Only a few survived the war, and most have no living heirs.

Company officials recently discovered documents in the Central Zionist Archive relating to the land purchase. The company turned to the Israel Lands Administration, but the agency had no record of the owners on file.


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