Envoy to the Holocaust appointed
There is no U.S. envoy to the Crucifixion or a special
State Department office for the Immaculate Conception or the Assumption.
But there is now an official representative to the Holy Hoax in a
blurring of the line between Church and State--or should we say, SYNAGOGUE
U.S. Department of State
Biography of Randolph Marshall Bell
Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues
Mr. Bell was appointed Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues
in May 2002.
Mr. Bell entered the Foreign Service in August 1972, following studies
at the College of William and Mary (BA, 1969) and Cambridge University
(MA, 1971). His early diplomatic assignments included postings in Frankfurt,
Prague and Vienna as well as to the State Department Operations Center.
He completed Advanced East European Area Studies at the Foreign Service
Institute and attended the National Defense University. Mr. Bell subsequently
was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked
on Soviet and East European political issues (1984-1985).
Mr. Bell served as Political-Economic Counselor in Prague (1985-1988) and
Political Counselor in Brussels (1989-1993). He directed the Office of
Russian and Eurasian Affairs in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research
(1993-1996). He also served as Director of the Office of United Kingdom,
Ireland and Benelux Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs (1996-1999),
where he managed U.S. policy for relations with these countries. In September
1999, he proceeded to Bern to serve as interim Chargé d'Affaires,
returning in the summer of 2000 to take up his assignment as Director for
Austria, Germany and Switzerland Affairs (2000-2002).
Mr. Bell has worked extensively on issues related to World War II and the
Holocaust. He led the U.S. team that helped organize the December 1997
London Conference on Nazi Gold. He also negotiated the successful closeout
of the postwar Tripartite Gold Commission and the subsequent establishment
of the $61 million Nazi Persecutee Relief Fund, which provides relief to
needy victims who had previously received little or no compensation and
also provides resources for projects aimed at preventing similar injustices
in the future. Mr. Bell worked closely with Treasury Deputy Secretary Eizenstat
to negotiate the two bilateral agreements concluded with Austria in 2000
and 2001 for payments to former World War II forced laborers and to individuals
who lost property during that period. In his current capacity as Special
Envoy for Holocaust Issues, he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees
of the German Foundation, "Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future"
and as an observer to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance
Mr. Bell has earned the Department of State's Superior Honor Award four
times individually and once as a group award recipient. He speaks German,
French and Czech.
Mr. Bell is married and has a son. He is a member of the American Foreign
Service Association, the Virginia Historical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, the
Arlington-East Falls Church Civic Association, and St. Mary's Episcopal
Church in Arlington, Virginia.
Released by the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, August 2002.
This site is managed by the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of
State. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed
as an endorsement of the views contained therein.