California officials have failed to collect $4.2 million pledged by Dutch insurance companies for a humanitarian fund to aid needy Holocaust survivors residing in the state. State Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and the three companies — Aegon, ING and Fortis — announced the agreement last December, but no plans have been put forward to obtain and distribute the money. A New York-based spokesman for the Dutch insurers said the companies were ready to pay the money, and another source, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, said the three firms “expected to write a check immediately.”
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