HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION FEE WAIVER PROGRAM

On December 1, 2006, the Office of Consumer Affairs in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Banks, Massachusetts Bankers Association, The American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston, Inc., and The Greater Boston Child Survivor Group, announced the launch of the Holocaust Restitution Payment Fee Waiver Program. The voluntary initiative entails Massachusetts banks agreeing to waive wire transfer fees for Holocaust survivors associated with their restitution payments from overseas. At present, nearly 3,000 Holocaust survivors reside in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Many of these survivors receive Holocaust reparations or restitution payments from Germany or other European countries as result of their status as victims of Nazi persecution. The average age of these recipients is 80 years with many living on low to moderate incomes. The survivors are often charged international wire transfer fees when the funds are transferred to their bank accounts. The average fee is $15 per wire and payments are wired anywhere from once a month to once a year.
Massachusetts Holocaust survivors who are interested to learn more about the program are encouraged to go to their local bank or contact The American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston, Inc. and The Greater Boston Child Survivor Group representative Rosian Zerner at 617-244-1029 or Rosian@Zerner.com. A list of banks that are participating in this program is detailed below.

Massachusetts Bankers Association

Participating Banks in the Holocaust Restitution Payment Fee Waiver Program

Bank Name

Contact

Athol Savings Bank

Cheryl D'Ambra

Bank of Canton

Anthony Caruso

Bank of Easton

Thomas Caron

BankFive

Susan Martineau

Bay State Savings Bank

Jo-Ann Chenail

Beverly Cooperative Bank

Bill Howard

Beverly National Bank

Jack Good

Bristol County Savings Bank

Patrick Murray

Brookline Bank

Cheryl Gorman

Cambridge Savings Bank

Mary Card

Cambridge Trust Company

Tom Johnson

Canton Co-operative Bank

Paula Carney

Cape Cod Co-operative Bank

Joel Crowell

Century Bank

Barry R. Sloane

Chelsea-Provident Co-operative Bank

Janice Sikenski

Clinton Savings Bank

Michael Tenaglia

Commerce Bank & Trust Bank

JoAnn Morency

Commonwealth Co-operative Bank

Laura M. Jewer

Danversbank

Judy Vail

Dedham Cooperative Bank

Thomas Grudinskas

Dedham Inst for Savings Bank

Mary Luniewicz

Eastern Bank

Terence McGinnis

Family Federal Savings Bank

John LaBarre

Framingham Co-operative Bank

Steven Sousa

Hoosac Bank

Donna Choquette

Hudson Savings Bank

Neil Dolan

Lee Bank

Jessie Schoonmaker

Marblehead Savings Bank

Suzanne Pinho

Mechanics Co-operative Bank

Joseph Baptista, Jr.

Middlesex Savings Bank

Dana Neshe

Milford Federal Savings & Loan

Robert Bodio

Millbury Savings Bank

Bill Walsh

Monadnock Community Bank

William Pierce, Jr.

Mutual Federal Savings Bank

Christine Grundy

National Grand Bank of Marblehead

Richard G. Hardin

Needham Cooperative Bank

William Day

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank

Richard Eaton

North Easton Savings Bank

Robert J. Berg

Northmark Bank

Jane Walsh

Pentucket Bank

Maureen Kanavos

Peoples Federal Savings Bank

Thomas Leetch

Pittsfield Cooperative Bank

Conrad Bernier

Randolph Savings Bank

David R. Flint

Reading Co-operative Bank

Pat Leone

Rockland Trust Company

Margaret McCarthy

Savers Bank

Paul Jalbert

South Coastal Bank

Susan Lincoln

Southbridge Savings Bank

Phil Pettinelli

Sovereign Bank

Patricia Rose

StonehamBank

Patricia Lauzon

Strata Bank

Amy Costello

TDBanknorth

Louise Trottier

United Bank

Deborah Gebo

Wainwright Bank & Trust Company

Nancy Mahoney

Webster Five Cents Savings Bank

Joseph Radovanic

Westfield Bank

Alice Babcock

Williamstown Savings Bank

Donna Choquette

Winchester Co-operative Bank

Joanne Reese

Winchester Savings Bank

William Danahy

Wrentham Co-operative Bank

Jeffrey Liber