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James D. BINDENAGEL Mr. Bindenagel was appointed in July 1999 Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, with the rank of ambassador.

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 Born on June 30, 1949 in Huron, South Dakota.
 He holds a B.A. Degree in political science (1971) and a master's degree in public administration (1977) both from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
 He speaks fluent German.
1972-1974 U.S. Army Officer, Würzburg
1975-1977 Seoul, Korea
1977-1979 U.S. Consul, Bremen
1980-1983 German desk officer
1983-1986 Political Officer, Bonn
1986-1987 Senior Watch Officer, Operations Centre
1987-1988 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow with Congressman Lee H. Hamilton
1988-1989 Acting director of Canadian Affairs
1989-1990 Deputy American Ambassador in the German Democratic Republic
1991-1992 Rockwell International business exchange executive
1992-1994 State Department Central European Director
1994-1996 Deputy Ambassador to Germany
1996-1997 Acting American Ambassador to Germany
 
 Mr. Bindenagel helped negotiate a $5 billion settlement for former World War II slave and forced labourers as part of Deputy Treasury Secretary Eizenstat's team.
1997-1998 German Marshall Fund of the U.S., where he worked to promote closer transatlantic relations.

Awards

American Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Merit
National Performance Award for management, awarded by the Vice President of the United States