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Tag: Claims Conference
June 1, 2015 | 12:43 pm
July 2, 2014 | 4:02 pm
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...
June 19, 2014 | 3:02 pm
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...
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...
July 10, 2013 | 9:23 am
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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...
May 22, 2013 | 10:54 am
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...
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...
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...
July 9, 2012 | 4:15 pm
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...
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...
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...
May 7, 2012 | 10:09 am
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...
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...
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....
July 22, 2011 | 2:18 pm
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...
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...
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...
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...
November 9, 2010 | 2:52 pm
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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,...
May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pmI 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...