70 Years of Holocaust Compensation and Restitution - International Conference

ANU -  Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv University 

14 November 2022, 10:00 
ANU - Museum of the Jewish People 


The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research CenterThe Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and Yad Vashem were pleased to host the international conference:


70 Years of Holocaust Compensation and Restitution


The event took place on Monday-Wednesday, November 14-16, 2022, at ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv University. 


The event was recorded and the lectures are now available through the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center’s YouTube Channel.

Monday, November 14, 2022


10:00 – 11:00 Reception

11:00 – 12:30 Opening Session

Chair and Opening Remarks: Roni Stauber


Dani Dayan, Chairman of Yad Vashem

Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference

Steffen Seibert, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the State of Israel

Stuart Eizenstat, former United States Ambassador to the European Union and United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (Pre-recorded)

Milette Shamir, Vice President, International, Tel Aviv University


12:30 – 13:00 Coffee Break


13:00 – 14:00 Keynote

Constantin Goschler
Some Reflections on the Historiography of Holocaust Reparations and the Future of Reparations for Genocides

Respondent: José Brunner 


14:00 – 15:30 Lunch Break


15:30 – 18:00 First Session: The Origins of the Luxembourg Agreement

Chair: Dina Porat

Ronald Zweig

Nehemiah Robinson, the Institute for Jewish Affairs and the Origins of Reparations

Gideon Reuveni 

The September 27 German Declaration on the ‘Judenfrage:’ A Misread Turning Point?

Jacob Tovy 

Post-Holocaust Reckoning: The Public-Political Campaign in Israel over the Issue of Reparations, 1951–1952

Shlomi Chetrit 

“Battlefield in Front of the Knesset”: The Police and the Restitution Riots, January 7, 1952


18:00 – 18:30 Coffee Break


18:30 – 20:00 Screening of the film Reckonings

Presented by the producer, Karen Heilig


Tuesday, November 15, 2022


10:00 – 12:30 Second Session: The Negotiation Process and Implementation of the Luxembourg Agreement

Chair: Michael Borchard

Kai Wambach

German Theme Portal Wiedergutmachung  Impact, Challenges, Opportunities

Lorena De Vita

Negotiating the Luxembourg Agreements: On the Local, National and International Significance of the Talks in Wassenaar

Daniel Siemens 

British Perspectives on the West-German-Israeli Negotiations and the Luxembourg Agreement, 1951–1955

Irit Chen

Between Material Baggage and Past Baggage: The Israeli Purchasing Mission to Cologne and Implementation of the Reparations Agreement


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break


14:00 – 16:00 Third Session: Conflicts and Consequences in Israeli Society

Chair: Amb. Colette Avital

Tzachi Cohen 

Alterman's Poems Regarding the "Shilumim"

David Witzthum 

The Paradigm Shift in Germany's Image in the Israeli Public Discourse following the Shilumim Agreement: From "Amalek" to a Friendly Partner in Less than a Decade, 1952–1960

Yael Mishly 

Do Reparations Increase Intergenerational Mobility? Evidence from Israel’s Holocaust Survivors


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break


16:30 – 19:00 Fourth Session: The Consequences of Compensation for Individual Claimants

Chair: Leora Bilsky

Iris Nachum 

Complicated Encounters: Jewish Claimants and German Legal Categories

Regula Ludi 

What Do Reparations Do to Claimants? Looking at Reparations from a Praxeological Viewpoint

Joanna Sliwa 

Compensation Programs for Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors

Gustavo Guzman

On Nationality, Property, and Re-Migration: The Impact of German Reparations on the Jews of Chile, 1952-1977

Wednesday, November 16, 2022


10:00 – 12:30 Fifth Session: The Struggle for Compensation and Restitution of Jewish Property (I)

Chair: Rudiger Mahlo

Kim Wünschmann 

The Luxembourg Agreement as a Comic: A Graphic History of Restitution and Compensation

Ingo Loose 

Equalization of Burdens versus Restitution: Postwar Battles between Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust and Former “Aryanizers” – Some Case Studies from Lower Silesia, 1936–1978

Rachel Blumenthal 

“The Austrians Got Away with Murder”: The Difference between Germany and Austria in Dealing with their Past

Shir Kochavi

Art Restitution and National Responsibility: Israel’s Shifting Policy towards Nazi-looted Art


12:30–  14:00 Lunch Break


14:00 – 16:30 Sixth Session: The Struggle for Compensation and Restitution of Jewish Property (II)

Chair: Mark Weitzman

Avi Weber 

Late Recognition of Holocaust Survivors from Behind the Iron Curtain: Legal History of German Compensation Legislation Changes Recognizing the Rights of Holocaust Survivors from the Eastern Bloc

Stefan Cristian Ionescu

Courts Reversing Robbery: Implementing the Reversal of Romanianization of Jewish Property, 1944–1950

Ana Ciric Pavlovic 

Delayed Restitution of Jewish Property in Bosnia and Hercegovina: Challenges and Perspectives


16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break


17:00 – 19:30 Seventh Session: Subsequent Developments of the Luxembourg Agreement and Recent Campaigns

Chair: Dan Michman

Wesley Fisher 

From the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization to the 2018 Jerusalem Declaration: The Handling of Looted Cultural Property by the Claims Conference

Ovidiu Creanga 

From Protocol II to Germany's 'Last Gesture': Legal Precedent, Uncompensated Shoah Survivors, and the Creation of the Hardship Fund (1980)

Meir Bnaya 

Holocaust Compensations for North African and Middle Eastern Jews?

Blandine Landau 

Local Context and Long-term Echoes of the Luxembourg Agreement of 1952 in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg


19:30 – 20:00 Concluding Remarks

Official Invitation (PDF) >



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