WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat
"As long as I have an ounce of energy left in me, I’m going to try to find every avenue, every vehicle, every institution that will enable me to continue to do belated and imperfect justice.”
Ambassador, Lawyer, Author Stuart Eizenstat, Special Negotiator for the Claims Conference, Former Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues.
During a decade and a half of public service in three US administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat has held a number of key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001).
Much of Ambassador Eizenstat's interest in providing belated justice for victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi tyranny during World War II was the result of his leadership in the Clinton Administration as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues. He successfully negotiated major agreements with the Swiss, Germans, Austrian and French, and other European countries, covering restitution of property, payment for slave and forced laborers, recovery of looted art, bank accounts, and payment of insurance policies. His book on these events, Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II, has been favorably received in publications like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Business Week, and Publisher’s Weekly. It has been translated into German, French, Czech and Hebrew.
Ambassador Eizenstat has received eight honorary doctorate degrees from universities and academic institutions.