Right to Reparations

Right to Reparations

The Claims Conference and Holocaust Survivors, 1951–1964

Rachel Blumenthal


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This book examines the early years of the Claims Conference, the organization which lobbies for and distributes reparations to Holocaust survivors, and its operations as a nongovernmental actor promoting reparative justice in global politics. Rachel Blumenthal traces the founding of the organization by one person, and its continued campaign for the payment of compensation to survivors after Israel left the negotiations. This book explores the degree to which the leadership entity served individual victims of the Third Reich, the Jewish public, or member organizations.


Rachel Blumenthal:

Rachel Blumenthal is a lawyer and a historian. She is a fellow at the Avraham Harman Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.