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Yahoo! Inc.
BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Yahoo boss cleared over Nazi sales
The former head of internet giant Yahoo is cleared in France of illegally selling Nazi memorabilia on the website.
Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 18:16 GMT
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Yahoo!
BBC News | EUROPE | Germany struggles with neo-Nazi websites
By the BBC's Europe business correspondent Patrick Bartlett
Germany's Interior Minister, Otto Schily, says 90% of foreign-based neo-Nazi websites are set up in the United States, where they're protected by American freedom of speech laws.
Friday, 22 December, 2000, 13:48 GMT
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Yahoo!
BBC News | EUROPE | Yahoo hits back at Nazi ruling
One of the world's biggest internet service providers, Yahoo, says a French court ruling to prevent people in France gaining access to websites offering Nazi memorabilia for sale will be almost impossible to enforce.
Tuesday, 21 November, 2000, 01:19 GMT
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Yahoo!
BBC News | UK | Selling a dark past
Nazi auctions: Historical interest or dudious trade?
Friday, 11 August, 2000, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Christie's (UK)
  • eBay, Inc.
  • Yahoo! Inc.
BBC News | EUROPE | Analysis: French court tackles the internet
By BBC News Online's Tarik Kafala
A court in Paris on Friday deferred its decision on a landmark ruling on the regulation of the internet.
Friday, 11 August, 2000, 14:17 GMT 15:17 UK
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  • Yahoo!
Zurich Financial Services
Country: Switzerland
Exchange: SWX
SUMMARY REPORT to the NAIC Holocaust Insurance Issues Working Group
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Insurance Commissioner, Washington State
Chair, NAIC Working Group on Holocaust & Insurance Issues
June 18, 1998
Company names appearing in this article are:
  • Allianz AG (Germany)
    Headquarters: Munich, Germany
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, American Automobile Insurance Co., American Insurance Company, Associated Indemnity Corp., Chicago Insurance Company, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of Nebraska, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of Wisconsin, Interstate Indemnity Co., Jefferson Insurance Co. of New York, National Surety Corp., San Francisco Reinsurance Co., Warner Insurance Co., Allianz Insurance Company.
    Dr. Kurt Schmitt, head of Allianz, served as a Minister of Economics under Hitler in the 1930's. American archival documents show that Dr. Schmitt and Allianz (along with other German carriers) successfully pressed the Nazis to relieve them of payment of Jewish claims arising from Kristallnacht.
    Other archival documents suggest that Allianz and other German carriers independently expanded the scope of Nazi "racial laws" by systematically denying claims by Jews, canceling coverage for Jewish policyholders, and other business practices.

  • Assicurazioni Generali (Italy)
    Headquarters: Rome, Italy
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Business Men's Assurance Co. of America, Generali US Branch, Jones & Babson Inc., (In addition, Generali has U.S. investments in non-insurance businesses.)
    In 1938, the company was "Aryanized", and Generali became the main foreign insurer to operate in Nazi-occupied Europe. In fact, Generali assumed portfolios of several Czech carriers after the Munich agreement.
    After the war, Generali responded to claims from Holocaust victims by asserting that absence of records and nationalization of its assets by the Communists in Eastern Europe nullified its responsibilities for such claims.

  • Riunione Adriatica di Sicurta (now owned by Allianz AG) (Germany)
    Headquarters: Trieste, Italy
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Riunione is part of the Allianz group
    Adriatica asserts that all policy records from the era were destroyed near the end of the war.

  • Winterthur Group (now owned by AXA) (Switzerland)
    Headquarters: Winterthur, Switzerland
    U.S. Subsidiaries: Blue Ridge Insurance Company, General Casualty Company of Wisconsin, Regent Insurance Company, Republic Insurance Company, Southern Insurance Company, Unigard Indemnity Company, Vanguard Insurance Company, Winterthur Life Reinsurance Company, WINCORP Inc., Southern Fire & Casualty, WINCORP Inc.of California, Republic Vanguard Life Insurance Company, Chapparal Life Insurance Co., General Casualty of Illinois, General Financial Corp., Hoosier Insurance Co., Vanguard Underwriters, Compact Service Co., Allied Premium Finance, International Administrators, MassWest Financial Group, MassWest Insurance Co., Blue Ridge Indemnity Co., So. County Mutual Insurance Co., Republic Diversified Services, Insured Lloyds, Southern Insurance Co., Republic-Vanguard Insurance Co.
    There are assertions that Winterthur agents in Belgium sold special "two-payment" life policies to Jews. Many policyholders would have been sent to death camps before the second payment and the policies may have been voided. The company categorically denies this ever happened. The issue remains unresolved.
    The Simon Wiesenthal Center pressed Winterthur for examination of records and, subsequently, identified three policies paid out to the Nazis, one a 1924 policy estimated to be worth nearly 1,000,000 Swiss francs at current values.

  • Zurich Life (Zurich Financial Services) (Switzerland)
    Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
    U.S. Subsidiaries: American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co., American Zurich Insurance Co., Assurance Company of America, City Insurance Company, Colonial American Casualty & Surety Company, Empire Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Federal Kemper Life Assurance Co., Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland, Fidelity Life Association, Home Insurance Company, Kemper Investors Life Insurance Co., Maryland Casualty Co., Northern Insurance Company of New York, Universal Underwriters Insurance Co., U.S. International Reinsurance Co., ZC Insurance Company, Zurich Insurance Company, Zurich Insurance Co. U.S. Branch, Zurich Life Insurance Company of America, Zurich Reinsurance Centre Inc.

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