Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Allocates $2 M for Programs

The board of trustees of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture concluded their three-day annual meeting here today after allocating some $2 million for various training, educational, cultural and research programs, scholarships and fellowships A symposium on “interpreting the holocaust to future generations” was held. Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the Memorial Foundation, told the board of his continuing negotiations with West German authorities for reparations for Nazi victims who came to the West from Eastern Europe after the 1965 deadline and for hardship cases.

He said the talks had been interrupted by the change of leadership in West Germany earlier this year but would be continued this fall with the new Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt. Dr. Goldmann said he was not pessimistic about a final and conclusive arrangement but the issue was far from resolved.

The board re-elected Dr. Goldmann president of the Foundation. Dr. Arnulf M. Pins, executive director for Jewish culture for the past two years announced his resignation at the meeting. He said that he was settling in Israel in the realization of “a lifetime’s dream.” Dr. Pins will be assistant director general of the JDC-Malben in Israel.

PROGRAM TO PREPARE JEWISH YOUTH LEADERS

The meeting received reports from three commissions and accepted them in general outline, leaving implementation to the new executive. The commission on training recommended increased priority for training rabbis, teachers and communal officials; the commission on Jewish studies at universities recommended continuation and expansion of such programs; the commission on Jewish youth recommended that the Memorial Foundation adopt a number of projects including the establishment of an international training institute to prepare Jewish youth leaders and to serve as a model for local institutions of that nature.

The allocations agreed to were the following training program for teachers, rabbis and communal workers–$350,000; research and publication–$1 million; university Jewish studies–$125,000; educational and cultural program–$225,000; scholarships and fellowships–$350,000.

In addition to Dr. Goldmann, Dr. Joseph Schwartz, former Israeli Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir and Dr. Solomon Gaon were elected vice-presidents of the Memorial Foundation. Philip M. Klutznick was re-elected treasurer; Rabbi Israel Miller was re-elected secretary and Shad Polier was re-elected honorary secretary. The meeting confirmed three trustees of the Memorial Fund: Dr. Goldmann, Mark Uveeler and Maurice Boukstein.

Participants in the board of trustees meeting included: Leon Dulzin, treasurer of the Jewish Agency; Mrs. Charlotte Jacobson, chairman of the American Section of the World Zionist Organization; Avraham Harman, president of the Hebrew University; Dr. Joachim Prinz; Jacques Torczyner, member of the WZO Executive; and Dr. Gerhard M. Riegner, secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress.

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