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Israeli Delegation to German Reparations Talks Leaves for London

March 17, 1952
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The members of the Israeli delegation to the reparations talks with West Germany, accompanied by a number of advisors in various fields, left here today for London for talks with representatives of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany which will open in London tomorrow. The London talks will precede the opening of negotiations with the Germans.

(The New York Times reported from Germany today that the Israeli-Bonn talks which were scheduled to open tomorrow have been delayed a week or ten days at the request of the Germans. It was also reported from the West German capital that the Bavarian Government has agreed to pay the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization 19,000,000 Deutschemarks–$4,523,900–for claims for heirless Jewish property in the province.)

The Israeli delegation consists of Dr. F.E. Shinnar, Foreign Ministry representative, and Dr. George Josephthal Jewish, Agency director of immigration. They were accompanied by five advisors in the fields of economics, law, politics and finance, and will have an additional group of five experts in various economic branches available as needed.

It was announced here that a member of the Conference on Material Claims will sit in as an observer at the Israeli negotiations, while an Israeli representative will also observe the Jewish organizational talks with the Germans. A special Cabinet committee and several inter-ministerial committees have been assigned to coordinate Israeli claims and demands with the needs of the country.

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