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Holocaust Victim Activist Dies

March 21, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rabbi Israel Miller, who worked to obtain compensation from Germany for Holocaust survivors, died Thursday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 83.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, as his organization is formally known, gave no cause of death.

He had led the group since 1982.

``Under Rabbi Miller’s leadership, the Claims Conference negotiated numerous compensation and restitution agreements enabling more than 400,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors in over 60 countries to receive compensation payments of approximately $2 billion,″ the organization said.

He also helped with the recovery of unclaimed Jewish property in the former East Germany. The sale of this property provided about $500 million the Claims Conference used for humanitarian, research and educational efforts.

Miller also directed negotiations with the Austrian government on property restitution and increased social benefits for Austrian Jews.

He was national chairman of the American Jewish Council on Soviet Jewry in the 1970s.

Known as the ``down-to-earth rabbi,″ he was consulted and honored by U.S. presidents and Israeli prime ministers.

He served as a chaplain in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the United States and overseas.

Miller is survived by his wife, Ruth, four children, 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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