British man sues sister for bigger share of Holocaust survivor father’s estate

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — The British son of a Holocaust survivor accused his late father of hiding a fortune from the government during a court hearing the on son’s lawsuit for a bigger share of the inheritance.

Alan Hamilton made the allegations against his late father, David, during a hearing Tuesday at London’s High Court of Justice in England on the son’s lawsuit to re-divide between him and his sister money that the father had put in an offshore foundation, the Daily Mail reported.

David Hamilton, who was born David Zwingerman, died in 2007 at the age of 84, leaving his children a total of $5.5 million in assets inside the United Kingdom and another $4.4 million that came from the Humanitarian Foundation RAINBOW, a Liechtenstein-based fund that David Hamilton set up in 1990.

According to the Daily Mail, David Hamilton, who fled Nazi Germany in 1938, set up that nonprofit to ensure his family’s money would survive in case of a “repetition of the Holocaust.”

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After David Hamilton’s death, Alan Hamilton, an accountant based in New York City, received 31 percent of the money in the fund and his younger sister, Carolyn, inherited the rest. Now, Alan Hamilton is suing for the money to be divided equally, claiming he only found out about the unequal division four years after his father’s death.

The London court heard claims by Alan Hamilton that his father had moved the money to Liechtenstein to avoid paying taxes on it, though Carolyn Hamilton denied this, claiming her father was nervous about keeping all his money in one place. The court case is ongoing.

David Hamilton made his fortune through his real-estate business, Hamilton & Ray.

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