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Hitler confiscated the wealth of Jews in his conquered territories. But what happened to the overseas wealth of the Holocaust Jews? Were they swallowed conveniently by foreign banks/countries pretending to help but could not help? Were they honorably returned to the descendants of the victims? It will be interesting to know which country or bank was most honorable in handling their troubled clients' money.

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You could start off by reading Wikipedia's articles on the Claims Conference and about the Swiss banks and money of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. Then, using the sources cited in those articles and your favorite search engine, dig deeper. I am sure there are some scholarly works out there already that discuss your questions. – Eugene Seidel Oct 12 '13 at 5:29
Whole books can be written about this question. IMO you need to narrow it down to the fate of a particular family fortune, say. – Drux Oct 12 '13 at 8:37

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