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Holocaust Victims Reparations 

Kinsella Media served as part of the notice team that designed and implemented a worldwide program to reach Holocaust survivors, and their heirs, in the Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation. Our years of communication expertise and creativity were most evident in the unprecedented effort to find and successfully deliver notice to the Roma (gypsies) in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Selected Case Experience: Holocaust Victims Reparations

In re Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation, Nos. CV-96-4849, CV-96-5161, and CV-97-461 (E.D.N.Y.).
  • Case: 1.25 billion settlement - Reparationss
  • Class Membership: Jews, Roma, homosexuals, and physically and mentally disabled people persecuted by the Nazis.
  • Notice Program: Kinsella Media planned and managed paid media directed to Jewish people in the United States as well as press outreach in 37 countries orchestrating five press conferences in Berlin, Budapest, Moscow, Paris, Tel Aviv, and New York over a 24-hour period. In addition, Kinsella Media had responsibility for providing notice to the Romani Holocaust victims. Using in-country organizers and human rights organizations, the firm designed and implemented a grassroots campaign to reach the isolated and educationally disadvantaged Roma in 15 countries in Europe and the former Soviet Union.
  • Highlights: The notice team recruited Jewish organizations in 76 countries and 1,721 cities to work on the notice effort. Language-specific in-country managers coordinated the efforts of these organizations, which eventually provided over 250,000 volunteer hours at the local level to assist survivors, and their heirs, in understanding and documenting class membership through questionnaires. Over 370,000 questionnaires were ultimately collected. The notice program also included 371 notice appearances in mainstream newspapers, as well as 622 notice placements in worldwide Jewish publications.

The International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims Outreach
The outreach program provided information about the process to resolve the unpaid insurance claims for life, education, and dowry policies issued between 1920 and 1945 to Holocaust victims and survivors.
  • Target Audience: Holocaust victims, survivors, and their heirs and beneficiaries. 
  • Notice Program: The outreach program conducted by the Swiss Banks notice team involved 70 countries, utilizing paid advertising in mainstream and Jewish publications, press conferences, and other earned media activities. It also included outreach through Jewish religious, social, and cultural organizations as well as the development of in-country outreach coordinators in the United States, Israel, Eastern and Western Europe, areas of the former Soviet Union, and Latin America. Kinsella Media coordinated the project, executed international earned media, and placed U.S. paid media. 

“The notice provided in this case was detailed, and contained far more than the amount of information necessary to satisfy F.R.C.P. Rule 23 and due process.  Moreover, the forms of notice were accurate, objective and understandable…Persons with questions about any aspect of the settlement were able to access community resources, globally, including by speaking to persons who were trained by the notice administrators and settlement class counsel on settlement issues.” 

- Hon. Edward R. Korman
In re Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation, Nos. CV-96-4849, CV-96-5161, and CV-97-461 (E.D.N.Y.).