Hollywood Turns Its Camera to Holocaust Restitution Scandals

Sony Pictures is developing a film that may star Sandra Bullock and will focus on the lengthy battle between heirs of holocaust survivors and the insurance companies.

The pitch for a new film in development by Sony Pictures may star Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock. As improbable as it sounds, the movie will tell a suspenseful story about insurance companies and the Holocaust, an epic battle that led to one of the largest programs of Holocaust restitution.

But this is Hollywood, after all, a town with a well-earned reputation for not letting reality get in the way of a good story. This new attempt to cash in on a Holocaust tale is no exception.

Sandra Bullock
Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California February 27, 2011.Reuters

At the story’s center are the heirs of a wealthy Hungarian wine merchant, Mor Stern, who was murdered at Auschwitz. His grandchildren forced a major European insurance company, Generali, to compensate them for his pre-war insurance policy, which the company had long refused to admit even existed. The case was unprecedented and opened the floodgates to multi-billion dollar compensation funds set up for Holocaust survivors and their families by European governments and businesses in the late 1990s.

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