Claims conference

Groups Urge Full Review Of Nazi Art Trove

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

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

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

11/11/2013 - 19:00

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

11/05/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

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.
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.
10/08/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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

08/26/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

08/12/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

German Ruling Leads To Suit Against Claims Conference

Civil lawsuit by Jewish heirs raises fresh questions of property ownership.
08/06/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When a three-judge German appeals court ruled recently about the ownership of unclaimed Jewish property in East Germany, it might have opened the door for Holocaust survivors and their heirs to claim their property now held by the Claims Conference.

Survivor Backs Claims Conference

07/25/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am a Holocaust survivor who sits on the board of directors of the Claims Conference. At the recent annual board meeting, we discussed this year’s negotiations with the German government, which led to, among other benefits, an agreement that will result in $1 billion for homecare for Holocaust victims from 2014 through 2017.

Claims Conference Faces Changes

Board members, outsiders, survivors to review of reparations organization's management in wake of fraud, but Berman survives as chairman.
07/09/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A “thorough analysis of the current management of the Claims Conference” — including a review of its administration and governance — was ordered Wednesday by its board of directors, some of whom criticized the leadership for keeping the board in the dark about a letter in 2001 alerting them to a fraud within the organization.

Vice President Greg Schneider, left, and Chairman Julius Berman.
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