Commission on Jewish Assets in Sweden at the Time of the Second World War
The Swedish government established the commission in February 1997, and the final report, Sweden and Jewish Assets, was published in March 1999. The commission determined that, during World War II, the Swedish central bank had accepted financial transfers from Germany in the form of gold bars and coins, a small portion of which might have been confiscated from Jews by Germany. The commission questioned the necessity of those transfers and criticized the absence of debate over the morality of accepting gold, some of which might have originated from plundered assets. The commission concluded by recommending further research, particularly on the question of whether Swedish trade with Germany helped prolong the war and on the relationships between Swedish and Jewish-owned businesses.
The commission announced that it has a list of unclaimed bank accounts at Swedish banks. The list contains the names of account holders with foreign addresses whose accounts have been dormant since 1945. The list includes deposits at Sveriges Riksbank with reference to foreign exchange seizures made during World War II and the years immediately following. Accounts with small balances are also included. The list was assembled with the aid of the Bankers’ Association and Sveriges Riksbank. The Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains a searchable database of the list, which may be found at
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Sweden participated in the London Conference on Nazi Gold.
Sweden participated in the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets.
Sweden participated in the Vilnius International Forum on Holocaust Era Looted Cultural Assets. Proceedings of the Vilnius Forum can be found at