Georg Heuberger, German Claims Conference rep, dies
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Georg Heuberger, German Claims Conference rep, dies

BERLIN (JTA) — Georg Heuberger, a Claims Conference representative in Germany and founding director of the Frankfurt Jewish Museum, has died.

Heuberger, the son of Holocaust survivors, died Sunday of cancer at the age of 64. He was buried in Frankfurt.

He became the Claims Conference Germany representative in 2006 after retiring from the Frankfurt Jewish Museum. He was its founding director in 1988.

Julius Berman, head of the Claims Conference board, said in a statement issued Tuesday that Heuberger dedicated himself to helping needy Holocaust survivors and was also frequently consulted "in matters related to the restitution of art and cultural objects."

Heuberger’s death "leaves a painful gap," Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference, said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Schneider said Heuberger "won praise and sympathy from his contacts and colleagues."

Heuberger was born in Budapest and grew up in Frankfurt, where he studied law. He later studied social sciences and Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 1982 to 1985 he was assistant rector at the Institute of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg.