Stuart Eizenstat


Holbrooke’s Jewish Past Shaped His Passion for the Displaced

By Stuart Eizenstat

Holbrooke’s Jewish Past Shaped His Passion for the Displaced
With the tragic passing of Richard Holbrooke, the world has lost a man who devoted his life to resolving intractable conflicts; our nation has lost the premier diplomat of his era in the midst of one of his most challenging assignments as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan; and I have lost a dear friend and longtime colleague.Read More


The Dangers Are Great, But it Is Not 1938

By Stuart Eizenstat

There is a growing debate within the American Jewish community about whether the external threats to the Jewish community worldwide are similar to those just before the outbreak of World War II.Read More


Austria Comes to Terms With Its Past

By Stuart Eizenstat

Last week, after a federal judge in New York dismissed the last major Holocaust restitution case against the government of Austria and several private Austrian corporations, Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel told President Bush that he was declaring “legal peace.” The Austrian leader then called me and said in emotional terms that it was aRead More


O Father, Who Art Thou?

By Stuart Eizenstat

During the last decade, Swiss, German, Austrian and French companies and their governments paid some $8 billion to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Third Reich, disgorged thousands of dormant bank accounts, finally honored prewar insurance policies and returned confiscated property and artwork.The Europeans paid reparations for their conductRead More


Imperfect Justice, or None at All: ‘Legal Peace’ on Holocaust Claims

By Stuart Eizenstat

If there was ever an example of why I titled the book about my Holocaust restitution negotiations in the Clinton administration “Imperfect Justice,” it is the case of Simon Rozenkier. Every fiber of our beings screams out for justice for Rozenkier, a slave laborer and survivor of the infamous death march to Buchenwald who was sterilized by Dr.Read More






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