After years of fighting, Swiss banks are finally publishing the details of some Holocaust victims who put their life’s savings on deposit before being killed.

Swiss banks published on the Internet Thursday the names of 3,100 World War II-era account holders who might have been victims of Nazi persecution and are entitled to millions of dollars in deposits.

Holocaust survivors or their heirs have six months, until July 13, to submit formal claims before a resolution tribunal in Zurich, Switzerland.

The list completes a process begun four years ago when the Swiss Bank Association published the names of 21,000 account holders who might have been the victims of German death camps whose families were unable to access their savings.

To date, 2,800 claimants have collected $219 million, and more claims are being considered. The average amount has been $130,000, according to Burt Neuborne, a New York University law professor who serves at the lead settlement counsel.

The payments stem from a $1.25 billion settlement of a civil lawsuit brought in 1996 by Holocaust survivors against the Credit Suisse-First Boston and United Bank of Switzerland.

The 1998 deal, forged in Brooklyn federal court, allocated $800 million for bank account claimants to be paid 12.5 times the amount they had in the bank, to account for inflation and interest.

About 6 million people opened Swiss bank accounts between 1933 and 1945. Records for 2 million were destroyed and the rest are fragmentary, Neuborne said.

An audit by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker in 1999 identified 36,000 dormant accounts that probably belonged to Nazi victims.

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