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Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US

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Helen Junz has provided economic consultancy services since 1996. Her work has included a project with the Volcker Committee, on estimating the size and structure of the wealth of the Jewish population in Nazi-affected countries before World War II. From 1994 to 1996, she acted as Director of the Gold Economics Service for the World Gold Council. Ms. Junz worked with the International Monetary Fund from 1982 to 1994. She has published numerous articles in professional journals on international policy cooperation, adjustment policy, trade, investment and finance. Ms. Junz obtained her M.A. from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Marc Masurovsky co-founded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) in 1997 and has served as its Director of Research and is a Board member. He has researched the question of assets looted during the Holocaust and World War II since 1980 and has worked as an expert historian on a class-action lawsuit for Jewish claimants seeking restitution of lost accounts and other liquid assets from Swiss banks. As a consultant and historian for the Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations, he researched alleged Nazi war criminals living in the U.S., interviewed witnesses to crimes against humanity and studied post-war relations between former Nazi officials and Allied intelligence agencies. Mr. Masurovsky earned his M.A. in Modern European History from American University in Washington, D.C. For his Master's thesis, he researched "Operation Safehaven: the Allied response to Nazi post-defeat planning, 1944-1948".

Dr. Jonathan Petropoulos was recently appointed Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College. Since 1993, he has been on the faculty of the Department of History Loyola College, Maryland. Dr. Petropoulos received his B.A. in History from UCLA in l983 and his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Harvard University in 1990. He is the author of Art as Politics in the Third Reich (University of North Carolina Press, l996) and his book The Faustian Bargain: the Art World in Nazi Germany will be published this year by Oxford University Press. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on the history of art and culture in Nazi Germany, and has written extensively about the looting of art during World War II and its sale during the post-war period. Dr. Petropoulos is the Administrative Director and Board Member of The Project for the Documentation of Wartime Cultural Losses, a not for profit organization created in 1998 to gather, centralize, and make available information relating to art, archives, and other types of cultural property displaced as a consequence of war.

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