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Published on Apr 10, 2014
"A Monument Man in the Courtroom: Litigating the Holocaust," A lecture by UC Hastings College of the Law Professor Morris Ratner
Morris Ratner is best known for prosecuting Holocaust-era private law claims against Swiss, German, Austrian, and French entities that profited from Nazi atrocities. These organizations profited by retaining dormant bank accounts, failing to pay on life insurance policies, and benefitting from the use of slave labor.
Ratner's litigation resulted in a series of settlements that, together, yielded payments in excess of $8 billion to victims of Nazi persecution. Many of Ratner's clients were young children during the Nazi era who had little knowledge of their family's assets, and no idea how to pursue a case or even from whom to seek justice.