After repeated requests from survivor organizations and the media, the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany has decided to publish a list of unclaimed Jewish properties it obtained from the former East Germany and later sold. The organization said it would also publish the amount of money received from each of these sales, which began in 1993.
Gideon Taylor, executive vice president of the Claims Conference, said it was decided to publish the list to put to rest persistent claims that the Claims Conference had amassed billions of dollars from the sales.
“There was never any decision not to publish it,” Taylor said. “There just wasn’t any logic for publishing it because we released an audit each year. This is basically the back-up material to the audit.”
He said he expects it to become available in July “at the time of the audit.”