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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 1997-1998 German Marshall Fund of the U.S., where he worked to promote closer transatlantic relations. 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.

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