West German President Confers with U.S. Jewish Leaders in New York
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West German President Confers with U.S. Jewish Leaders in New York

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West German President Theodor Heuss and a group of American Jewish leaders conferred here for nearly two hours yesterday on restitution problems encountered by Jews seeking redress under West German legislation.

The meeting, held at the President’s invitation in his Waldorf-Astoria suite, was said to have discussed frankly the problems involved. While it was understood that Dr. Heuss could not under German law make policy statements, an aide of the President noted that he had long been interested and active in behalf of restitution to Jewish victims of Nazism.

Present at the tea-and-talk session were: Jacob Blaustein, senior vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; Irving Engel, president of the American Jewish Committee; Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee; Philip M. Klutznick, president of B’nai B’rith; Frank Goldman, honorary president of B’nai B’rith; Adolph Held, chairman of the Jewish Labor Committee; Dr. Israel Goldstein; Saul Kagan, secretary general of the Claims Conference; Senator Jacob K. Javits, and others.

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