Claims conference

German Ruling Leads To Suit Against Claims Conference

Civil lawsuit by Jewish heirs raises fresh questions of property ownership.

08/07/2013
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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

07/26/2013
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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.

07/10/2013
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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.

Calls For Shake-up

Ombudsman urges restructuring as two board members resign, citing report’s lack of fairness.

07/08/2013
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Julius Berman

Change At The Claims Conference

07/03/2013
Editorial

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, better known as the Claims Conference, has been responding to calls for more openness and transparency of late in exactly the wrong way. As the organization believed to be the wealthiest in the Jewish world, and with the sacred responsibility of using the billions of dollars at its disposal to care for survivors of the Holocaust, the Claims Conference should be operating  in a manner beyond reproach. But the recent scandal related to more than $57 million stolen by a number of employees over a period of 16 years has gone from bad to worse in recent days.

Under Pressure, Claims Conf. Officials Alter Meeting Agenda

Discussion of ombudsman’s probe into handling of fraud moved up on the schedule.

07/03/2013
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Stung by a sharply worded e-mail from a board member demanding an immediate copy of an ombudsman’s investigation into the Claims Conference’s handling of $57.3 million in fraudulent claims, a top official of the organization said it would be sent shortly.

Claims Conference’s Julius Berman: Denied request from Jewish Week to open next week’s board meeting to public and press.

‘We Cannot Investigate Ourselves … And Expect To Resolve Doubts’

Survivors’ group joins Jewish Agency chair in calling for independent review of Claims Conference’s 2001 bungling of fraud tip.

06/04/2013
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Pressure mounted Monday on the Claims Conference to launch a new probe into how the organization handled a tip in 2001 about fraud within the organization — eight years before the fraud was discovered at a cost of $57.3 million.

Elderly Survivors Win New Benefits

Despite questions on Claims Conference fraud investigation, Germans approve $1 billion — largest amount ever — for seniors’ home care.

05/28/2013
Staff Writer

Amid an internal probe into how the Claims Conference reacted to a tip about fraud within its organization, the German government has negotiated a deal with the group to provide $1 billion over four years in home care for 56,000 elderly Holocaust survivors.

German Finance Ministry officials Dr. Kurt Bley and Werner Gatzer lay a wreath at Yad Vashem.

Making Sense Of Claims Conf. Brouhaha

WJC head Lauder demands an accounting about handling of fraud case; cover-up alleged.

05/21/2013
JTA

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 fraud scheme.

Julius Berman: Claims Conference Chairman under pressure to investigate organization’s financial discrepancies.

A Claims Conference Report To The Community

07/26/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Within the past year, the Claims Conference has obtained approximately $700 million in pledged funding from the German government for homecare for Holocaust victims through 2014, the result of intensive and prolonged negotiations with one focus: to provide the help that Nazi victims need in order to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. Having been abandoned by the world in their youth, the Claims Conference has been determined that they shall not also be abandoned in their final years.

Julius Berman
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