State Banks to Waive Reparation Fees

The Holocaust Center has joined with Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Atwater, to help Holocaust Survivors avoid unnecessary fees when they receive compensation by wire.
An estimated 12,500 Holocaust survivors and their families in Florida are being assessed an international wire transfer fee, ranging from $10 to $40 a transaction. This transfer fee amounts to a 10 percent tax on each payment the survivor receives, and is a significant financial burden considering that the vast majority are elderly and rely on these payments.

The state has partnered with many financial institutions in Florida to waive the wire transfer fee on reparation payments. 
Complete information is on the state’s website: (, which includes a list of participating financial institutions in Florida. It also provides additional information and contact numbers regarding Holocaust insurance claims, a generic fee waiver form for financial institutions, as well as the Insurance Claims Legislation and the Holocaust Victims Insurance Act. 

Family members are allowed to help fill out the forms as necessary, or contact the Holocaust Center (407-628-0555) for assistance.

While nothing we do can ever fully repay those who suffered through this atrocity, anything we can do to keep money in their pockets is helpful. Please direct questions and comments to the project at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If you are a Holocaust Survivor and your bank is not participating in the program, you may contact the state and ask them to reach out to your financial institution on your behalf.

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