When a 2009 Holocaust-era assets conference concluded with a landmark statement of principles on Holocaust restitution, many restitution advocates had high hopes that a corner had been turned in the struggle for survivor justice.
Saul Kagan, the Claims Conference founder who died at 91, was too humble to even use the word ‘I’ without difficulty. So it’s left to others to retell his stunning accomplishments.
Saul Kagan, the founder and a longtime chief of the Claims Conference, died Saturday at age 91.
Julius Berman, 78, chairman of the organization that distributes millions of dollars in German reparation funds to Holocaust survivors, has long been seen as one of American Jewry’s most capable lay leaders. But that reputation was called into question this year.
Semen Domnister, the former Claims Conference employee who was found guilty of leading a $57 million fraud scheme at the Holocaust restitution organization, was sentenced to eight years in prison.
At least 18 Jewish non-profit groups and non-profit groups that support Israeli institutions have notified tax authorities of likely illegal “diversions” of funds in the past five years.
Several scandals have hit New York’s top Jewish charities this year. Experts blame lax oversight and multi-decade leadership tenures common among Jewish charity CEOs.
The Claims Conference leadership refuses to admit its failings or allow honest debate. The reputation of the organization is at stake — and its ability to aid Holocaust survivors.
Julius Berman was reelected as board chairman of the Claims Conference. But he still faces questions — and possibly a legal probe — over the handling of a $57 million fraud.
BREAKING NEWS: Julius Berman, the embattled board chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, was reelected to another term.