April 26, 2012

Claims Conference Names First Ombuds

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany has appointed Shmuel Hollander as its first Ombudsman. Chairman Julius Berman said that Hollander’s “impeccable credentials and decades of public service will enhance the work of the Claims Conference in advocating for the rights of Holocaust victims and caring for elderly victims who increasingly need our aid.” The appointment is seen as a response to years of complaints that the organization lacks transparency and significant fraud by several employees.  However, the exact terms of his office have not been published.

Hollander has worked in the office of the Israeli Prime Minister since 1994. Most recently, He served as Civil Service Commissioner for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Hollander earned his LLB from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Jerusalem Post.)

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