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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release October 26, 1999

PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES D. BINDENAGEL FOR RANK OF AMBASSADOR AS

SPECIAL ENVOY FOR HOLOCAUST ISSUES

The President today announced his intent to nominate James D. (J.D.) Bindenagel for Rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues.

Mr. James Bindenagel, of California and a native of South Dakota, is a career Foreign Service Officer. He was Director of the Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets, hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in November-December, 1998. Mr. Bindenagel has served twenty-four years in the Foreign Service, including fourteen years in Europe. He was last assigned to Bonn, Germany, where he was Charge D'Affairs and Deputy Chief of Mission from 1994-1997.

Mr. Bindenagel was educated at the University of South Dakota and University of Illinois. He received his bachelors and master's degrees from the University of Illinois. Mr. Bindenagel served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Third Infantry Division in Germany, 1971-74. He speaks fluent German.

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