Claims conference

Freedom Of The Press Does Not Mean Freedom To Fabricate

08/11/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

While Gary Rosenblatt’s “Claims Conference Facing New Pressures” (July 17) was published as a column and not a news report, one would expect that what Rosenblatt deems “facts” would be accurate. Yet, once again The Jewish Week’s coverage of the Claims Conference is rife with factual errors, and the need for the paper to retain a public editor evident.

Julius Berman

Claims Conference Reforms Continue

07/27/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Much has appeared in the Jewish press about the Claims Conference over the past several weeks, including a report by Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt, relying on material from letters that I wrote (“Claims Conference Facing New Pressures,” July 17).

Robert Goot

Claims Conference Facing New Pressures

Board members call for reforms; AG said to be exploring charges of ‘mismanagement.’

07/14/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

On the eve of the annual meeting of the Claims Conference this week, a member of its leadership council demanded that the council be shown a document suggesting a serious conflict of interest — with legal ramifications — involving the organization’s lay president, Julius Berman, and its executive vice president, Greg Schneider, The Jewish Week has learned.

Gary Rosenblatt

Retaliation At Claims Conference?

Allegations of mismanagement are countered by charges watchdog was ‘wrong man for the job.’

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Shmuel Hollander, a highly respected Israeli public servant for four decades, made headlines in 2013 as ombudsman for the Claims Conference when he issued a stinging internal report, blaming the group for allowing a multimillion-dollar fraud to take place for years — unnoticed — within its New York office.

Shmuel Hollander charges, in stinging letter, that “relevant information was withheld” from ombudsman’s office.

Child Holocaust Survivors Get $60 Million — In A Single Day

05/31/2015 - 20:00

The Claims Conference sent out payments totaling about $60 million in a single day last week – the first of an estimated 70,000 one-time payments of approximately $2,750 to child survivors of the Holocaust.

Germany Sending $2,700 To Child Holocaust Survivors

‘Symbolic’ payments meant to recognize late-onset symptoms stemming from wartime trauma.

05/25/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

People who survived the Holocaust as children received last Friday a payment from the German government of €2,500, about $2,700.

Auschwitz and Belsen concentration camp survivor Eva Behar shows her number tattoo. Getty Images

New Rules Pave Way For Polish Expat Pensions

Move marks first time U.S. Holocaust survivors can apply for monthly payments from Polish government.

05/18/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Thousands of Holocaust survivors originally from Poland — more than 3,000 in New York alone — will for the first time be receiving applications to apply for $130-a-month pension payments from Poland, thanks to a law that took effect last month, The Jewish Week has learned.

Lusia Eimer

Claims Conference Ponders Future Without Survivors

Reparations group weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education.

06/23/2014 - 20:00

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.

Claims Conference Executive Director Greg Schneider, center at right. JTA

Survivors Call On Merkel

Chancellor should intercede in East German claims, lawyers say.

01/06/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Eva Lipman is asking for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s help in getting compensation for her grandfather’s Berlin hat factory that had been seized by the Nazis.

The Max Kaiser hat factory showroom in East Berlin owned by Eva Lipman’s grandfather. Photo courtesy Eva Lipman

Scandal Of The Year

12/30/2013 - 19:00

It was a year of abundant scandal in the Jewish communal world, with institutions ranging from the Claims Conference ($57 million phony claims scam), Yeshiva University (sexual abuse charges) and even the 92nd Y (top administrators involved in a kickback scheme) forced into damage control by the conduct of top administrators. But none was as shocking as the sudden firing of William Rapfogel as CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. For more than two decades his was the face of crisis and compassion, that familiar grin emanating from news stories about a perpetual “perfect storm” of increased demand for services and diminished resources.

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