BOCA RATON, Fla. - Holocaust survivors are taking part in a rally in Boca Raton to protest the sponsor of a golf tournament.
The survivors claim the sponsor, insurance company Allianz, owes billions of dollars to their families.
Rain put a damper on the crowd at The Old Course at Broken Sound, but it didn't put a damper on their message.
They claim Allianz, a German insurance company, hasn't paid on countless life insurance policies purchased before the Holocaust.
Survivors say they have no proof of the policies because documentation was lost in the war.
But they're convinced the company has records proving the policies exist. They want Congress to force Allianz to open its records and pay up.
They chose an intersection near the Allianz Championship as their gathering point.
"Allianz has money to spend on golf tournaments, they're spending foolishly. But they're holding onto $2 billion that belong to Holocaust survivors," said Jack Rubin a Holocaust survivor.
Golf tournament organizers would not comment on the protest. They said it involves the sponsor and not the event.
Sabia Schwarzer, Allianz spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., told the Sun Sentinel on Friday that the insurer has made good on all claims it was required to pay by the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.
The Sun Sentinel reported that PGA Tour officials said they are aware of the controversy but will keep Allianz as a sponsor. They told the newspaper that the golf event donates profits to local charities.
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