THE CLAIMS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF THE FIRST EVER FILM ON REPARATIONS–RECKONINGS: THE FIRST REPAIRS

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Long-awaited account of the first repairs in history; The opening event will be held in partnership with the Paley Center for Media

NEW YORK, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Gideon Taylor, Chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), today announced the opening of a new film, Accounts: the first repairs. Funded by the German government with support from the Claims Conference and recently accepted for the annual United Nations Film Festival, the film is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Roberta Grossman. The film tells the story of how world Jewry secured the first and only reparations ever paid by a state to those persecuted. The opening, at the Paley Center of New York City will present a panel moderated by Rebecca Jarvischief business, technology and economics correspondent, ABC News and a discussion of the first time in history that compensation was paid to individuals and not government to government.

Gideon TaylorPresident of the Claims Conference, said, “Capturing the incredible story of these agreements is essential to the story of the Holocaust. The struggles of survivors did not end when World War II was declared over. The Jewish world continued to fight for what was taken from them and negotiated for those critical pieces of their lives that could not be restored would at least receive symbolic reparations. We are incredibly proud of this film which tells the poignant story of these negotiations.

Set in the aftermath of the Holocaust, the film chronicles the daunting process of negotiating compensation for the Jewish people with Germany. These early negotiations took place at a time when tensions were still extraordinarily high and each agreement was its own complicated step towards what would ultimately lay the groundwork for the reparations that are, to this day, negotiated, extended and distributed to survivors of the war. ‘Holocaust all over the world. world every year.

Greg SchneiderExecutive Vice President of the Claims Conference, said: “The work done by these leaders of the Jewish and German people created the plan for the very first compensation in history. There was nothing to base it on, no one had ever done this or negotiated this level of compensation – and all of this was done while the world was still learning about the atrocities of the Holocaust.”

The film, which offers a first-ever inside look at Holocaust reparations, features Jewish and German leaders risking their lives by meeting in secret under death threats. It captures the anger, shame and anguish felt by the different sides as the talks crumbled and failure seemed imminent. From the halls of power in Bonn, West Germany, where a fierce debate raged over how to pay war debts; to violent demonstrations in the streets of Jerusalemwhere a public exasperated at the idea of ​​haggling with Germany stormed the Knesset; in meetings with Jewish organizations around the world, viewers learn about the complexities faced by different parties in negotiating compensation.

Director and producer Roberta Grossman said: “I am honored to help bring this story to life which illustrates that the path to democracy, peace and reconciliation, no matter how devastating the conflict or the terrible injustice perpetrated against individuals and groups of people, is a truthful and factual account of what happened, a genuine acceptance of responsibility on the part of the author, and a sincere apology by the author expressed both in words and in terms of repairs. »

Ben Ferenczprosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials following World War II, said: “I’m honored to be in a film that recognizes the dangers, complexities and tribulations of the very first clearing. At the time, we were just trying to do what was right. Looking back, I can see that it was this work, the legal work of negotiating agreements and seeking justice, that led to peace. It was compensation that allowed both Israel and Germany to find a peaceful path and rebuild on the world stage.”

Maureen ReydyPresident and CEO of The Paley Center“The Paley Center continues its work to shine a light on the powerful influence of the media in combating the alarming rise in anti-Semitism with the next installment in our quarterly series, the U.S. premiere of Accounts: the first repairs at the Paley Museum. The Paley Center is proud to bring together some of the most respected and influential voices to educate the public about the dangers of anti-Semitism and to thank Shari Redstone and Aryeh and Elana Bourkoff for their continued generous support of this ongoing series and the Claims Conference for their sponsorship and support of this event.”

The event at the Paley Center, hosted by Rebecca Jarvis, will feature director and producer Roberta Grossman; Claims Conference Executive Vice President, Greg Schneider; Holocaust survivor, member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman; and historian and author Michael Berenbaum. The event in partnership with the Paley Center is made possible thanks to the generous support of Shari RedstoneAryeh and Elana Bourkoff.

For more information on the film: https://www.claimscon.org/reckonings/

For more information on the Claims Conference: www.claimscon.org

About the Disaster Conference: The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), a non-profit organization with offices in New York, Israel and Germany, provides material compensation to Holocaust survivors worldwide. Founded in 1951 by representatives of 23 major international Jewish organizations, the Claims Conference negotiates and disburses funds for individuals and organizations and seeks the return of Jewish property stolen during the Holocaust. As a result of negotiations with the Claims Conference since 1952, the German government has paid over $90 billion in compensating people for suffering and loss resulting from Nazi persecution. In 2022, the Claims Conference will distribute over $700 million in compensation to more than 210,000 survivors in 83 countries and allocated more than $720 million in grants to more than 300 social service agencies around the world that provide vital services to Holocaust survivors, such as home care, food and medicine.

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