Guide to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Collection
1957-2001
(bulk 1959-1963)

AR 65

Processed by Leanora Lange

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Leanora Lange in February 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Elkan, Frederick and Saul Kagan
Title: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Collection
Dates:1957-2001
Dates:bulk 1959-1963
Abstract: This collection contains records of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The bulk of the collection consists of confidential summaries of applications and communications from applicant organizations. Other materials include reports, agendas, memoranda, and communications of the Executive Committee, as well as documents from the founding of the Claims Conference.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: AR 65
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Historical Note

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany (alternatively the Claims Conference) was founded in 1951 by representatives of twenty-three national and international Jewish organizations to advocate for the satisfaction of Jewish claims against Germany. On September 10, 1952, an agreement was signed by the Claims Conference, the West German government, and the State of Israel that initiated the development of laws concerning indemnification and restitution claims and providing the Claims Conference with DM 450 million for relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction efforts. Since this agreement, the Claims Conference has worked to obtain and distribute funds for relief and rehabilitation of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution as well as for the reconstruction of Jewish educational and cultural programs and institutions.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains records of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The bulk of the collection consists of confidential summaries of applications and communications from applicant organizations for the years 1959-1960 and 1962-1963. These applications fell into two categories, either for relief and rehabilitation or for cultural and educational reconstruction. Other materials include reports, agendas, memoranda, and communications of the Executive Committee, and copies documents from the founding of the Claims Conference.

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Arrangement

Materials were separated by document type and arranged chronologically.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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Access Points

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Related Material

Annual reports and other publications by and about the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany are available through the LBI Library and YIVO Library.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany also maintains its own website.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Collection; AR 65; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Materials were rehoused into acid-free archival folders. Papers were removed from binders. Duplicates were removed.

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Container List

 

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Collection, 1957-2001

In English.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Materials were separated by document type and arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains records of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The bulk of the collection consists of confidential summaries of applications received and communications from applicant organizations for the years 1959-1960 and 1962-1963. These applications fell into two categories, either for relief and rehabilitation or for cultural and educational reconstruction. The summaries of applications include recommendations made to the Executive Committee or Board of Directors.

Other materials include reports, agendas, memoranda, and communications of the Executive Committee, and copies documents from the founding of the Claims Conference.

The folder “Historic documents from the founding of the Claims Conference” includes photocopies of a declaration on the attitude of the West German government toward Jews given by German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer on Sept. 27, 1951, a statement issued by the Claims Conference on October 25-26, 1951, Protocol No. 1 of the Claims Conference, and a piece of correspondence from David Ben-Gurion to the first president of the Claims Conference, Dr. Nahum Goldmann.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Agendas, memoranda, and communications of the Executive Committee 1959-1962
1 2 Summary of applications and recommendations 1959
1 3 Summary of communications received from applicant organizations 1960
1 4 Summary of applications and recommendations 1960
1 5 Summary of applications and recommendations 1962
1 6 Summary of communications received from applicant organizations 1963
1 7 Summary of applications and recommendations 1963
1 8 Background material for the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors 1973 July
1 9 Reports 1957, 1973-1975, 1997
1 10 "Historic documents from the founding of the Claims Conference" 2001 March
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