Greek Insurance Claims (and jewish greed)
Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 12/10/2008
One of the leitmotifs in Greece is how Jews became immensely rich by compensations by Germany or even by Greece which supposedly paid Israel in return to Jewish property (!!!). This is augmented by the «Holocaust Industry» story in which Jews constantly ask money and political support from Germany/ Switzerland for the alleged victims, which is ten-fold the amount originally lost, (if indeed it was lost). I shall not bother to say that the word «Holocaust Industry» appears in Greece most often in the Far-Right or the Far-Left confirming my theory of an unholy alliance between them on this matter, (despite some desperately few voices in the Left to whom I continue to pay tribute).
So when the story broke of greeks seeking compensations of american life-insurances never paid after the 1922 mass persecutions of greeks in Asia Minor by the new turkish state during and after the 1921 Asia Minor Campaign I became curious to know more. Well it appears that the New York Life Insurance Company decided to pay out premiums to the holders of policies sold to persons of greek descent who never claimed them – a decision linked to the indirect recognition that the persecution was part of a genocide policy.
The decision got a huge exposure in Greece in the television and radio; two posts (1, 2) dealing with the subject entered the WordPress Top10 most popular posts on the 21st of September 2008. There were even some interviews of descendants in the television and many people hailed the decision for various reasons.
I would like to clarify that I find this decision by the New York Life Insurance Company absolutely correct and inherently moral. Personally I find the people who wish to get the compensations are acting in a legitimate and just manner, not aimed only in acquiring what is legally theirs but also in acknowledgment of the ethnic cleansing which was applied during the Greco-Turkish War.
Having cleared my personal view I would like to add how interesting was it to see christian greeks acting in the same way that, when practiced by jewish greeks, is considered «greedy». If I had published anything on the Jewish Claims Conference I know that (far too) many would think «wow, these Jews are aways obsessed with money«. Hell, on seeing the names of some who commented triumphantly on the decision I recognized a couple who are even Holocaust-Deniers! But still, they had no trouble not only acclaiming the decision but asking for more money! I must admit that the inherent hypocrisy of these people shall never seize to amaze me…
In any case out of curiosity I downloaded the pdf containing the names who appear in some of these policies and amazingly I discovered some Jews. They are not many but for the first batch I researched them and confirmed their jewish surnames and names. Amazingly for some I even managed to confirm from independent sources their jewish identity and even profession or birth date. Their names are:
16 1 550 892 Alfandari, Marco Abraham 10/15/1871 11/21/1904 Έμπορος υαλικών Constantinople, Turkey
17 4 629 343 Almochinino, Jacob G. 1883 12/30/1909 Έμπορος ξυλείας Salonique, Turquie
18 4 619 126 Almochnino, Gabriel Jacob 01/01/1856 01/04/1909 Έμπορος ξυλείας Salonique, Turquie
19 4 654 901 Almochnino, Mardochee 07/04/1879 05/29/1912 Φαρμακοποιός Salonique, Turkey
27 1 054 618 Amzalak 1866 01/31/1900 Έμπορος έτοιμων υφασμάτων Palestine, Turquie D’Asie
96 1 520 111 Barzilay, Samuel 1870 06/08/1903 Γιατρός Constantinople, Turquie
97 4 626 974 Bassan, Bohor Mordohay 09/15/1861 0929/1909 Υαλοτεχνίτης Cairo, Egypt
532 4 639 467 Maarek, Joseph 09/15/1872 01/27/1911 Αντιπρόσωπος εμπόρων Tunis, Tunisia
554 4 607 172 Marcas, Avram 1875 10/30/1907 Υπάλληλος γραφείου Kara-Issali, Turquie
555 1 562 592 Marcos, David 01/18/1870 05/02/1905 Έμπορος ειδών πολυτελείας Smyrne, Turkey
556 1 587 765 Marcos, Haim Menahem 06/1878 11/28/1906 Ράφτης Salonique, Turquie
568 4 625 941 Mefano, Joseph 07/13/1873 08/06/1909 Δάσκαλος Stamboul, Constantinople
608 1 555 971 Nahoum,Marco Joseph 1880 01/26/1905 Εισπράξεις Paris, France
724 4 667 025 Pelosof, Haim Joseph 1870 06/19/1913 Έμπορος λαδιού Salonique, Turkey
771 1 542 227 Roditti, Isaac 01/1878 07/04/1904 Βιομήχανος Constantinople, Turquie
782 1 556 209 Saman, Georges Michel 04/1865 01/31/1905 Έμπορος Smyrne, Turquie
812 1 551 996 Simantov, Menehes A. 1876 12/06/1904 Δεν αναφέρεται κανένα Serres, Turquie
921 7 206 463 Topuz, Ernest, son of Jacob 02/07/1868 06/05/1909 Αντιπρόσωπος οπίου Smyrne, Turquie D’Asie
985 2 504 483 Yahni, Abraham 1871 09/30/1902 Αργυραμοιβός (σαράφης) Constantinople, Turquie
Maybe Jews are also the following three individuals but most likely not – I have found no other traces on them.
114 1 524 471 Bushara, Michel Rafael 1871 08/30/1903 Υπάλληλος Bagdad, Turkey
210 1 028 518 Delmouly, Joseph 1867 03/22/1898 Μηχανικός Athens, Greece
600 4 643 611 Moulina, Abraham Isaac 1882 06/02/1911 Ζαχαροπλάστης Illegible
I have no idea of how a claim on these contracts can proceed since the aforementioned Jews were not greek citizens then, (actually some must have acquired greek citizenship by 1921). I intend on notifying the KIS &JCT on the subject and hope that they inform the Jewish Greeks but also turkish and israeli descendants of these families.
Ending I’d like to close with the hope that this case shall render part of the greek public opinion, appearing justly intererested in re-claiming greek property and having acknowledged their plight here but also in other cases like Imvros&Tenedos islands, a bit more tolerant and more reluctant before motivating jewish actions as «greedy» or motivated by other sinister reasons. Also viewing ardent «anti-zionists»/Holocaust Deniers cheering the decision, confirmed my belief that antisemitism is transparent and easy to spot as long as one accepts that it exists, since it’s perpetrators are stupid enough not even to remain nominally coherent.
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