The Conference of Material Claims Against Germany has not yet distributed the
results of an internal probe conducted by Ombudsman Shmuel Hollander to members
of its board despite having received a copy three days ago, The Jerusalem Post
“The Report was delivered to the Claims Conference as soon
as it was completed, on 2 July,” Robert Goot, a member of the board, informed
the Post in an email on Thursday.
In May, Goot was appointed by embattled
conference chairman Julius Berman as part of the Select Leadership Committee
that tasked Hollander with investigating the organization’s response to a $57
million fraud perpetrated against it for 16 years.
The controversy at the
Claims Conference centers around a 2001 anonymous tip-off letter sent to the
conference which resulted in two internal probes that failed to uncover the
fraud. The current probe is the result of pressure from several influential
members of the board representing organizations such as the World Jewish
While Goot wrote that he “fully expect[s] that, as originally
intended, it will be distributed to directors in advance of the Board meeting,”
which is to be held next week, several members of the board have indicated that
they are upset that they have not yet received copies.
Goot’s statement to the Post, Stephen Kramer, who represents the Zentralrat der
Juden in Deutschland on the board, indicated that said statement was released
only “a few hours” after Goot “informed me that the report was not ready
He asked if this meant that the Claims Conference was “sitting on
the material everybody is urgently waiting for?” Kramer indicated that he was
“worried” about having sufficient time to study the document prior to the board
“Tomorrow is Friday and afterwards Shabbat and people will start
traveling to New York. When are we supposed to get the reports and have decent
time to study them?” he asked.
Paul Edlin, who represents the Board of
Deputies of British Jews on the board, also confirmed that he has not received a
copy of the document.
Speaking by phone with the Post on Thursday
evening, Edlin indicated that he had not received “any papers from the
“In my opinion the ombudsman was set up to investigate
complaints by people who put in applications to the Claims Conference,” he said.
“It wasn’t set up to investigate allegations against the leadership.”
Claims Conference representative did not respond to a request for comment.
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