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Claims Conference Ponders Future Without Survivors

Reparations group weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education.

06/24/2014
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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.

01/07/2014
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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

12/31/2013
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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.

Groups Urge Full Review Of Nazi Art Trove

Jewish representatives on German task force to help determine rightful heirs of works found in Munich.

12/24/2013
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The Jewish community is appointing three art experts to a 10-member task force being established to learn the rightful owners of a vast trove of paintings found in the Munich home of Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father helped Adolf Hitler sell looted art, The Jewish Week has learned.

Artist Nana Dix, granddaughter of German painter Otto Dix, poses with private photographs in her Munich studio. Getty Images

Claims Conference Founder Saul Kagan Dies

11/12/2013
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Saul Kagan, the founder and longtime leader of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the main vehicle for negotiating with Germany over restitution for Holocaust survivors, died Nov. 10 at 91.

Ex-Claims Conference Official Gets 8 Years In Prison

11/06/2013
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Semen Domnitser, ringleader of the $57.3 million fraud against the Claims Conference, was sentenced this week to eight years in prison, ordered to forfeit $59,230 and to pay restitution totaling $57.3 million.

NY AG Asked To Intervene In Claims Conference Payments

Lawyers for survivors claim in complaint that group shortchanging heirs on property.

10/16/2013
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been asked to compel the Claims Conference to compensate perhaps thousands of families for the property they lost to the Nazis.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman oversees state not-for-profit organizations like the Claims Conference. Getty Images

State Attorney General Asked To Intervene In Claims Conference Payments

Lawyers for survivors claim in complaint that group shortchanging heirs on property.

10/09/2013
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been asked to compel the Claims Conference to compensate perhaps thousands of families for the property they lost to the Nazis.

Petitioners want Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to ensure that Claims Conference pays Holocaust survivors. Getty Images

One Bit Of Good News From This Summer Of Scandals

08/27/2013
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I keep hearing my grandfather’s voice in my head: “Oy. This is bad for the Yidden” — this is bad for the Jews. This has been the summer of Jewish communal folly. The heads of two very significant communal institutions — Sol Adler at the 92nd Street Y and Willie Rapfogel at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty — were fired in the last few week because of serious scandals. Add that to the Claims Conference scandal and what you get makes this Spitzer/Weiner New York hot and blustery summer a terrible one for the Jews. It’s been a man bites dog summer.

Misha Galperin

Sins Of Commission At The Jewish Week

08/13/2013
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Last May, The Jewish Week published an Editorial (“Sins of Omission at The Times”) complaining about The New York Times’ failure, in publishing a two-part series on abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community, to credit The Jewish Week for taking the lead in reporting on these issues, calling the Times’ failure to give appropriate credit “deeply unethical.” That Editorial referred to a letter from The Jewish Week to the public editor, or ombudsman, of The Times complaining about this omission.

Julius Berman
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