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Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Collection

Identifier: I-319

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents a portion of the Claims Conference’s activities between 1955 and 1972. The collection consists of a 1956 report of a Study Committee convened to evaluate the first five years and the future of the Claims Conference; the proceedings of the 1956 Capital Investment Conference, which was co-sponsored with the American Joint Distribution Committee; financial statements and reports; a few agendas, memorandum, and delegate lists of the Board of Directors; a summary report and listing of national and international agencies' applications for 1962; and a 20-year retrospective report of the Claims Conference’s activities. There are a few hand-written notes present in the collection, but the bulk of the material was distributed en masse to Claims Conference leaders by Secretary Saul Kagan of the New York office.


  • 1955-1972


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

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Historical Note

In 1951, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference, was founded by representatives of twenty-three national and international Jewish organizations in order to negotiate with the German government for the restitution of looted property and for the compensation for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. Since then, in addition to continuous negotiations for reparation, the Claims Conference has been administering resulting funds to individuals and institutions for the purposes of relief, rehabilitation, resettlement and compensation of survivors, as well as for cultural and educational reconstruction.


“History of the Claims Conference.” Accessed 17 February 2012.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The work of the New York office of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is documented in this collection via reports, financial statements and memorandum dating from 1955 to 1972.


This collection has been arranged as one series.

Acquisition Information

It is not known when or from whom AJHS received this collection.

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Processing Information

A previous archivist arranged the collection, and in 2012, Rachel Miller added description, rehoused the collection, and encoded the finding aid in EAD 2002.

Guide to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Collection, 1955-1972   I-319
Processed by Rachel Miller
© 2012
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Description is in English.
Described and encoded as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany

Revision Statements

  • March 2021: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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