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Leavitt to Head Delegation on Reparations Talks with Germany

March 20, 1952
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Moses A. Leavitt, vice chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee and honorary secretary of the praesidium of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, will head the delegation of the Conference at the reparations talks with representatives of the West German Government, it was officially announced here today.

Associated with Mr. Leavitt on the delegation will be Maurice M. Boukstein of the Jewish Agency, Alex L. Easterman of the World Jewish Congress and Simon Rubin of the Washington office of the American Jewish Committee, the announcement said. They will be assisted by a number of experts. The official communique does not mention where the German-Jewish reparations talks will take place.

(A cable from The Hague, Holland, to the J.T.A. said today that delegates representing Israel and the Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany will arrive in The Hague tomorrow for talks preliminary to the reparations negotiations which these two delegations are to start with representatives of the West German Government. The place of the negotiations will remain secret. It is expected that they will last many weeks, the cable said.)

The Conference’s communique emphasized that “responsibility for the negotiations rests with the praesidium which has made arrangements for frequent consultations with the European members of the executive of the Conference to help shape policy during the course of the negotiations. “It also revealed that members of the praesidium and of the Israel delegation to the German negotiations met with Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett here yesterday, after which the praesidium members conferred with European members of the Conference executive to review the preparations made for the negotiations.

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