The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany appointed Rüdiger Mahlo, 39, as its representative in Germany last week. He succeeds Georg Heuberger, who died in 2010. The hiatus in appointing a successor does not seem to have caused any major hiccups in the organization’s negotiations with Germany. In May, the Federal Republic reached an agreement with Claims Conference Special Negotiator Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat under which it would provide approximately $1 billion for home-care for Holocaust survivors over a four year period.
“Nearly 70 years after the end of the war many holocaust survivors still need support and attention,” Mahlo said in a statement. “Together [with the German government] we will work to ensure that survivors of the Holocaust can spend their twilight years in dignity.”
Executive Vice President Greg Schneider praised Mahlo, calling him a “distinguished and internationally experienced personality.”
A native of Berlin, Mahlo earned his law degree at the Freie Universität Berlin and his MBA from the College of William & Mary and has served as an active member of the Judische Gemeinde Zu Berlin. His previous position was at an international media company.
The Claims Conference did not respond to requests for comment over the weekend.