An investigation into concerns about the Claims Conference, the New York-based body which distributes restitution funds to Holocaust survivors, has recommended that the conference’s Goodwill Fund should be reopened for new claims.An independent report, carried out for the Board of Deputies by barrister Jeffrey Gruder QC, found that the approach of the Conference “increases the sense of grievance felt by heirs and might make claims more, rather than less, probable”.Mr Gruder’s investigation was prompted by persistent complaints about the operations of the Conference. Deputies alleged the Claims Conference lacked commitment to restitution of expropriated property in East Germany to its owners and heirs.The Goodwill Fund has been closed to new claims since March 2004. It was established 10 years earlier to receive claims from heirs who missed deadlines in 1992 and 1993.Mr Gruder found that a comprehensive list of the names of former owners of properties and businesses, addresses and the compensation claimed or received had never been published by the Claims Conference.He said a list which briefly outlined surnames and cities of claimants had appeared on the organisation’s website for six months, but its removal was “regrettable and contrary to the required principle of transparency”.A list produced in 2008, and still available, notes assets recovered between 1993 and April 2008 by the Conference. But Mr Gruder said families were unable to identify properties or assets as no names of former owners appear.