Elan Steinberg

Two Voices Stilled

04/09/2012 - 20:00

Two influential American Jews praised and criticized for their assertive, sometimes aggressive, style in the public arena died this week. One was a champion of Jewish causes, the other far more problematic.

Elan Steinberg: ‘Never Taken For A Fool’

Elan Steinberg’s cogent arguments and advocacy secured billions on behalf of Holocaust survivors.
04/09/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Elan Steinberg was remembered this week as the master wordsmith of the World Jewish Congress whose ability to craft pithy sound bites and cogently argue on behalf of Holocaust survivors helped the organization win billions in settlements from Swiss banks and Germany, as well as expose the Nazi past of former United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.

Mr. Steinberg died Friday morning of complications while battling lymphatic cancer, according to his wife, Sharon. He was 59. 

Elan Steinberg's death has left behind a legacy of Jewish self-advocacy and determination."

Elan Steinberg, Former WJC Head, Dies At 59

04/05/2012 - 20:00

Elan Steinberg, the former World Jewish Congress executive vice president who helped lead efforts to obtain restitution for properties stolen during the Holocaust, has died.

Haredi Protestors' Use Of Holocaust Imagery Condemned By Israeli Leaders

12/31/2011 - 19:00

Israeli leaders criticized a haredi Orthodox demonstration in which protesters wore yellow stars to indicate that they are being oppressed like the Jews in Nazi Germany.

More than 1,000 haredi Orthodox protesters gathered in Jerusalem Saturday night to protest what they described as persecution against their way of life, including separation of the sexes.

Talks With Poland To Renew Survivor Compensation

Government cites economy in scrapping restitution plan.
03/14/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jewish organizations here are promising to mount a major fight — exerting political and diplomatic pressure — to prevent the Polish government from abandoning its compensation of Jews and others whose private property was stolen by the Nazis and then confiscated by the Communists.

Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.

Pope Wins Praise for Repudiating Jewish Guilt for Jesus’ Death

03/02/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Jewish organizations are hailing Pope Benedict XVI's unequivocal repudiation of the claim that the Jewish people can be held forever responsible for the death of Jesus.

The Vatican already rejected the claim in general terms in 1965 with the landmark Nostra Aetate document issued by the Vatican II Conference, opening the door to formal Catholic-Jewish dialogue. But in a new volume of his book, "Jesus of Nazareth," Benedict employs a detailed scholarly analysis of Catholic teaching to make the point clear.

Helen Thomas: Jews Were Not Persecuted in Europe After War, Should Have Stayed There

02/17/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas said the Jews did not have to leave postwar Europe because they weren’t persecuted.

In an interview Wednesday on CNN’s “Joy Behar” program, Thomas told Behar that once World War II ended, the Jews “didn’t have to go anywhere really, because they weren’t being persecuted anymore. But they were taking other people’s land.”

Holbrooke’s Swiss Bank Diplomacy

12/20/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

By most accounts, Edgar Bronfman, the Seagrams heir and former head of the World Jewish Congress, was the hero of the historic Swiss bank deal. He is widely credited with launching the initiative that eventually led Swiss banks to agree to a $1.25 billion settlement to resolve claims that they hoarded bank accounts opened by Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.

But with the death of Richard Holbrooke last week has come fresh details of the U.S. diplomat’s pivotal and secret efforts in 1996 to convince Swiss banks to take the steps that led to that settlement.

Richard Holbrooke played critical behind-the-scenes role in Swiss deal, says Elan Steinberg.

Beck Under Fire for Soros Comments

11/15/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Fox News provocateur Glenn Beck spent spent several days taking aim at billionaire businessman and philanthropist George Soros, but so far -- at least within Jewish circles -- the barrage appears to be backfiring.

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