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  • Germany expands Holocaust survivors’ pensions

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Recent changes to Germany’s ghetto pension law will expand the number of Holocaust survivors worldwide who are eligible for payments for labor they completed in ghettos and retroactively extend significantly the time period covered.

    The amendments adopted in June affect what are...

  • Considering future, Claims Conference weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education

    June 19, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned.

    The panel was appointed last year following a scandal...

  • Claims Conf. board agrees to outside input, renews embattled chairman’s term

    July 10, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    Adopting the recommendations of an ombudsman’s report, the Claims Conference board of directors voted to form a new commission to review the organization’s management.

    The so-called Special Planning Commission will be comprised of board members, outsiders and survivors and is...

  • Report splits claims group

    July 10, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    The release of a highly anticipated ombudsman’s report about how the Claims Conference missed an opportunity in 2001 to detect a massive fraud scheme is raising serious questions about governance of the organization and pitting the organization’s chief executive against the...

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  • Sharansky, Lauder call for Claims Conference reform

    July 10, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder called on the Claims Conference to be reviewed by an independent committee following the disclosure of a missed opportunity to detect a massive fraud scheme.

    Sharansky and Lauder released a...

  • Germany commits to additional $800 million for home care for Holocaust survivors

    May 28, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    The German government agreed to significantly expand its funding of home care for infirm Holocaust survivors and relax eligibility criteria for restitution programs to include Jews who spent time in so-called open ghettos.

    The agreement, reached after negotiations in Israel with...

  • Claims Conference Brouhaha

    May 22, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    Who knew what, and when?

    Those are the questions critics are asking following the disclosure that the Claims Conference received an anonymous letter in 2001 identifying several fraudulent Holocaust-era restitution claims — nearly a decade before the organization halted a massive...

  • Top Claims Conference officials carried out own botched probe of 2001 fraud

    May 22, 2013 | 10:54 am

    A document obtained by JTA shows that top officials of the Claims Conference were sufficiently concerned by allegations of fraudulent restitution claims that they launched their own probe in 2001, nearly eight years before the $57 million scheme was finally detected.

    The Claims...

  • Claims Conference offers last chance for East Germany property heirs

    February 20, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    Jews who owned property seized by the Nazis in what became East Germany have a last chance to receive compensation for it.

    For the first time in a decade, the Claims Conference has agreed to review new claims by potential heirs to Jewish-owned properties in the former East...

  • Hungary, Claims Conference exchange harsh words over Holocaust money

    August 29, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The Claims Conference accused Hungary’s government of “depriving” Holocaust survivors through “disgraceful” and “deceitful tactics.”

    The allegations came after Budapest demanded on Monday that the Claims Conference, an organization representing world Jewry in...

  • $70 billion on, Claims Conf. marks 60 years of reparations from Germany

    July 12, 2012 | 10:22 am

    When representatives of Israel, Germany and the newly created Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany met 60 years ago in Europe to hammer out a reparations agreement for the crimes of Nazi Germany, some Holocaust survivors were still living in Displaced Persons camps on...

  • Germany agrees to $300 million more in restitution, Claims Conf. says

    July 9, 2012 | 4:15 pm

    Germany has agreed to provide restitution payments to an additional 80,000 Jews in what Claims Conference officials are describing as a historic breakthrough.

    The agreement, which was reached Monday in negotiations between German officials and Claims Conference representatives, is...

  • Opinion: Jewish organizations, others must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors' rights

    July 2, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    [This column is a response to a piece by Menachem Rosensaft:
    Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works
    ]

    The JTA recently published an op-ed by Menachem Rosensaft which gratuitously offers an “alternative” to the legislation that Holocaust survivors and children and...

  • Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works

    June 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    [Read a response to this column: Jewish organizations, others
    must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors’ rights
    ]

    There is a solution to get us beyond the seemingly endless stalemates and complications that continue to characterize the ongoing debate over Holocaust-era...

  • Claims Conference steps up aid to Greek Holocaust survivors

    June 27, 2012 | 10:18 am

    The Claims Conference is tripling its aid to Greece’s Holocaust survivors in light of the country’s economic crisis and funding an education program on anti-Semitism due to the recent rise of a neo-Nazi party.

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which...

  • Progressive Zionist leader Moshe Kagan dies at 92

    May 7, 2012 | 10:09 am

    Moshe Kagan, a passionate Progressive Zionist and longtime board member of the Claims Conference, has died.

    Kagan died May 3 at the age of 92.

    In the early 1950s he was a founder and president of Americans for Progressive Israel/Hashomer Hatzair, a predecessor of Meretz USA. Meretz...

  • Trial date set in claims conference fraud

    May 2, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Claims Conference employees charged in a nearly $60 million fraud case will go on trial in January 2013.

    The Jan. 14 trial date was set at a pretrial hearing April 25 in federal court in the Southern District of New York.

    Prosecutors say a group of employees at the Claims...

  • Germany adds payouts to some Soviet flight cases

    December 27, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    Germany has agreed to changes to one of its restitution programs that will add payouts of approximately $3,300 to some 10,000 Jews, the Claims Conference announced.

    The changes, which will affect the Hardship Fund, will expand the class of World War II survivors eligible for...

  • 8 new arrests in $57 million fraud at Claims Conference

    October 12, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    Eight additional people were arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the fraud at the Claims Conference, which now tops $57 million.

    The arrests Wednesday brought the total number of arrests in the case to 30. Of the eight new suspects named by the U.S....

  • Probe of Claims Conference’s accounting growing

    July 22, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    Germany has hired its own accounting firm to investigate a fraud at the Claims Conference that has topped $50 million.

    At board meetings earlier this month, the Claims Conference, which handles Holocaust restitution for Germany and Austria, disclosed that it expects to recover less...

  • Claims Conference appoints ombudsman

    July 14, 2011 | 10:29 am

    The organization that manages billions of dollars of Holocaust reparations payments voted to appoint an independent ombudsman.

    The decision on the ombudsman came Wednesday at a board of directors meeting.

    It follows years of complaints in the Jewish community that the Claims...

  • Symposium on caring for survivors set

    March 28, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A symposium on caring for Holocaust survivors will bring together specialists from around the world.

    “Perspectives on Caring: Current Practice, Future Trends,” hosted by of Nazi Victim Services of Selfhelp Community Services and co-sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York...

  • Fresh scrutiny of Claims Conference allocations

    November 29, 2010 | 11:50 am

    As the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany seeks to root out additional cases of fraud, the $42.5 million scandal that has rocked the organization has rekindled dissatisfaction with the group’s annual allocation of tens of millions of dollars.

    To address those...

  • Survivors call for ombudsman in wake of Claims Conference fraud

    November 15, 2010 | 12:27 pm

    In the aftermath of the discovery of a $42.5 million fraud at the Claims Conference, a group of Holocaust survivors has called for the appointment of an ombudsman.

    The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants called on the Conference of Jewish Material...

  • 17 arrested in $42.5 million fraud at Claims Conference

    November 9, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York has arrested 17 people for participating in a $42.5 million fraud at the Claims Conference.

    Those arrested include former and current employees of the Claims Conference, which distributes more than $400 million per year from the German...

  • $7 million fraud at Claims Conference raises questions

    July 27, 2010 | 3:01 pm

    After discovering $7 million in fraudulent payments, the Claims Conference is facing questions about whether it will recover the money and how extensive the fraud actually was.

    Officials at the Claims Conference, which acts as a pass-through to distribute more than $400 million per...

  • Conference tackles Shoah survivors’ needs for next decade

    By Jane Ulman

    July 2, 2008 | 10:10 pm

    Holocaust survivors are rapidly dying off and will soon disappear, according to perceptions held by the international Jewish community. But a conference in Los Angeles devoted to caring for victims of Nazi persecution in North and South America, which took place from June 22 to 24...
  • Briefs: Scholars call for American Shoah heroes honors, civil marriage coming to Israel

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Scholars: U.S. Activists During Shoah Warrant Recognition

    More than 100 scholars and Jewish leaders are calling on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to acknowledge the work of U.S. activists in its permanent exhibition. A petition delivered to the museum's chairman, Fred Zeidman,...

  • The leaders of Israel and of the Jewish people are failing us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I write in sadness -- deep sadness.

    Almost 25 years ago, I read a one-line description of Jewish leadership that has haunted me ever since. The author, whose name I have repressed, wrote: "Only a confirmed anti-Semite could believe that the Jewish people have the leadership they...
  • Rescuer and rescued reunion aids Polish talks on Shoah claims

    By Dinah Spritzer

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Arranging a reunion between a Jewish woman hidden during the Holocaust and her Catholic rescuer might have paid unseen dividends for Jewish organizations fighting a property restitution battle in Poland.

    A day after Jozefa Tracz Czekaj and Miriam Schmetterling saw each other for the...

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