Singer bows out of Claims Conference
after years of leading restitution efforts

By Jacob Berkman Published: 06/13/2007

NEW YORK (JTA) — Another chapter in the Israel Singer saga closed this week when he announced that he would not run for another term as president of the Claims Conference, the lead organization on Holocaust restitution.

Singer, who had been president of the organization since 2002, sent its chairman, Julius Berman, a note Tuesday notifying him that he would not run for another term.

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“There was absolutely no deal connected to my decision,” Singer told JTA in an e-mail exchange. “I want to stress that I was repeatedly assured that I had the support of the senior leadership of the organization. The decision not to run was a personal one that was reached after discussions with my family and some colleagues.”