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MS 315 Papers of Clemens Nathan

Clemens Nathan

Clemens Neumann Nathan was born in Hamburg, Germany, in August 1933. His father, Kurt, was a prominent leader of the Hamberg Jewish community and for several years chairman of the Amersham community. Nathan came to Britain as a child after his parents left Nazi Germany. He was educated at Berkhampton School, Hertfordshire, the Scottish College of Textiles and the University of Leeds where he studied textiles in international trade.

From 1958 he was managing director of Rolls Textile Company Limited and the Cunart Company Limited. In 1970, he became director of Synthetic Throwsters Limited and in 1991, director of Thomas Mason Limited. In addition, he was vice chairman of the textile section of the Anglo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce; textile advisor to the economic council of Israel under Prime Minister G.Meir; advisor on commercial and industrial developments to the School of East European and Slavonic Studies at the University of London, 1994; vice president of the textile institute and governor of the London College of Distributive Trade.

Nathan was the first chairman of the Consultative Council of Jewish Organizations (CCJO), a non-Governmental body at the United Nations, founded in 1946; president (1987) and vice-president (1995) of the Anglo-Jewish Association; and a board member of the Conference of Jewish Material Claims against Germany and Austria. 

Clemens Nathan was married to Rachel Whitehill. He died in 2015.

Relating to the collection

Clemens Nathan worked with two assistants: Elaine Leather and Amy Crafter whose names frequently occur in his papers.

About the collection

The archive has been grouped together to form twelve different series: scrapbooks containing newspaper cuttings and correspondence relating to his work at the Anglo-Jewish Association, 1961-87; the Consultative Council of Jewish Organisations, 1998-2000; human rights, 1989-99; official publications and reports from the United Nations, 1993-2000; the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, 1994- 2000; Israel, 1985-2000; the British Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, 1987-99; Austria, 1991-8; the Alliance Israelite Universelle, 1978-98; the Interfaith Foundation for the United Kingdom, 1988-98; academia, 1993-7; and public events, 1976-95.

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