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The 1961 Bilderberg Report
Date21 April 1961 - 23 April 1961
LocationSt-Castin,  Quebec,  Canada
ParticipantsPrince Bernhard, Ernst van der Beugel, Joseph E. Johnson, Paul Rijkens, Arnold T. Lamping, Herman J. Abs, George W. Ball, John W. H. Bassett, Nuri Birgi, Pieter Blaisse, Erik Boheman, Richard Bolling, Walter Boveri, Fraser W. Bruce, V. Cavendish-Bentinck, Walker L. Cisler, M. James W. Coldwell, François Croisillier, James S. Duncan, Fritz Erler, Donald M. Fleming, Charles Foulkes, J. Douglas Gibson, Lincoln Gordon, Walter L. Gordon, Colin Gubbins, Guillaume Guindey, Lord Hampden, Gabriel Hauge, Denis Healey, H. J. Heinz II, Christian A. Herter, William A. Hewitt, Leif Høegh, John W. Holmes, C. D. Jackson, Per Jacobsson, Earl Jellicoe, E. N. van Kleffens, Max Kohnstamm, Thorkil Kristensen, Jean Lesage, William S. Maillard, Jean Marchand, George C. McGhee, Roland Michener, Mike Monroney, Hartland de M. Molson, George Nebolsine, Paul Nitze, Lester B. Pearson, Edwin Plowden, Isidor I. Rabi, Norman A. Robertson, David Rockefeller, Jan-Herman van Royen, Friedrich Ruge, Ivo Samkalden, Hugh D. Scott, Arne Skaug, Baron Snoy et d'Oppuers, Frank A. Southard, Charles M. Spofford, Shepard Stone, Max Graf Thurn, Raymond Thurston, Arthur Wilhelm, Robert H. Winters, Albert Wohlstetter, Otto Wolff von Amerongen, James D. Zellerbach
PerpetratorsBilderberg/Steering committee
Witnessed byJames A. Blay, Frans A. de Graaf, Bertie Le Roy, Friedrich W. Graf von der Schulenburg
DescriptionThe 10th Bilderberg, the first in Canada and the 2nd outside Europe.

The 1961 Bilderberg Meeting was the 10th such meeting and the first one in Canada. had 72 participants from 10 European countries, the United States and Canada.[1] It was held at St-Castin near Quebec, Canada. The meeting began with a tribute from H.R.H. the Prince of the Nethetlands to Józef Retinger (who died shortly after the 1960 Bilderberg), who reminded the guests that "the Bilderberg Meetings had owed a great deal to his efforts."[1] The 71 guests included 16 business executives, 22 politicians, 4 financiers, 0 editors/journalists and 4 academics. The next meeting was the 1962 Bilderberg.


The 1961 Bilderberg report, including the agenda and guest list, has been leaked and is now online. Although nationality is listed for full guests, exceptionally, the report does not list it for those "in attendance", so the nationality of James A. Blay (who didn't attend again and is not otherwise readily identifiable) is unknown.[1]

1. What initiatives are required to bring about a new sense in leadership and direction within the Western Community?

The role of NATO in the world policy of the member countries

Eight guests had prepared answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the attitude towards the Alliance in the various countries?
  2. What are the principal problems at present arising in connection with the Alliance?
  3. Should it be attempted to increase cohesion among members and, if so, how?

The role and control of atomic weapons inside NATO

"The discussion of this item was based, on the one hand, on a technical note from an authoritative source and, on the other, on an article by one of the American participants that had recently appeared in Foreign Affairs under the title: "Nuclear Sharing: N.A.T.O. and the N+I country".[1]

2. The implications for Western unity of changes in the relative economic strength of the United States and Western Europe

This was introduced by two working papers.[1]


Known Participants

70 of the 71 of the participants already have pages here:

Hermann AbsAttended the 1958, 1961 and 1966 Bilderbergs as Chairman of Deutsche Bank.
Otto Wolff von AmerongenBilderberg Advisory Committee member, deep politician
George BallUS deep politician who attended all 40 Bilderberg meetings up to his death, he helped make key decisions about post-WW2 Europe.
John BassettSpooky Canadian media mogul who attended two Bilderbergs in the early 1960s
Victor Cavendish BentinckChairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, diplomat, 7 Bilderbergs
Ernst van der BeugelDutch deep politician, 34 Bilderbergs, on both the Advisory & Steering committees
Bernhard von BiesterfeldNazi arms dealer. Alleged bodyguard of Hitler, early member of the SS, requested presidency under Hitler during WW2. An early leader of the Dutch Deep State, founded Dutch division of Operation Gladio named Inlichtingen en Operatiën, co-founded Bilderberg as Steering Committee chairman. Started 1001 Club, WWF, Rijkens Club. Linked to Klaas Bruinsma.
Nuri Birgi23 Bilderbergs, Turkish Permanent Representative to NATO
Pieter BlaisseAttended 6 Bilderberg meetings up to 1965
Erik BohemanSwedish diplomat, 4 Bilderbergs from 1958 to 1962. Some Wallenberg Sphere connections.
Richard BollingUS congressman
Walter BoveriAttended the Bilderbergs from 1959 to 1962
Thomas BrandUK financier who attended the 1961 Bilderberg
Fraser BruceCanadian aluminum executive who attended 3 early Bilderberg meetings.
Walker CislerAs well as the first Bilderberg, he attended the next four, and 3 more in the early 1960s, US businessman
François CroisillierFrench soldier
James DuncanLittle known member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Fritz ErlerSPD Deputy chair. Attended all Bilderberg meetings from 1955 September to his death in 1967, aged 53
Donald FlemingCanadian politician. Attended the 1961 Bilderberg meeting before becoming Minister of Justice and Attorney General in 1962.
Charles FoulkesCanadian soldier who attended the 1961 Bilderberg
J. Douglas GibsonLittle known Canadian banker who attended the 1961 Bilderberg
Lincoln Gordon3 Early Bilderbergs, US Ambassador to Brazil in the 1960s, where he helped arrange the 1964 military coup.
Walter GordonTriple Bilderberger, President of the Canadian Privy Council
Colin GubbinsBilderberg invitee and spook
Guillaume GuindeyQuad Bilderberg BIS General Manager
Gabriel HaugeEarly member of the Bilderberg Steering committee, CFR
Denis HealeyBilderberg Steering committee member, who attended 23 Bilderberg meetings.
Christian HerterUnited States Secretary of State. Double Bilderberger
William HewittJohn Deere's sixth president. Attended 3 Bilderbergs in the early 1960s
John Wendell HolmesCanadian diplomat and academic. Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in early 1950. Attended two Bilderbergs in the 1960s
Leif HöeghBilderberg Steering committee, as was his son
H. John Heinz II34 Bilderberg meetings, Bilderberg Steering & Advisory Committees
C. D. JacksonOSS, US Deep sate operative, first Bilderberg
Per JacobssonAttended 2 Bilderbergs as Managing Director of the IMF
George JellicoeUK spook who founded Hakluyt & Company Ltd.
Joseph JohnsonInaugural US secretary of the annual Bilderberg, Bilderberg Steering committee member.
E. N. van KleffensDutch Bilderberger, heavy Bilderberg habit, President of the United Nations General Assembly 1954-55
Max KohnstammMember of the Bilderberg Advisory Committee, visited the Bilderberg 28 times. European chair of the CFR
Thorkil KristensenFirst Secretary-General of the OECD. 3 Bilderbergs
Arnold LampingDeputy secretary general in Europe of the Bilderberg. All Bilderberg meetings from 1960 - 1968.
Jean LesageAttended the 1960 Bilderberg as Premier of Quebec
William Maillard"Eisenhower republican"; Ambassador to the Organization of American States
Jean MarchandFrench-Canadian Catholic trade unionist and politician in Quebec, connected to Pierre Trudeau.
George McGheeUS ambassador, spook, Committee on the Present Danger, 12 Bilderbergs in the 1950s and 60s.
Roland MichenerCanadian who attended the 1961 and 1963 Bilderbergs
Hartland de M. MolsonCanadian politician
Mike MonroneyUS politician who attended two early Bilderbergs
George NebolsineCFR, Russian born naturalised US lawyer who attended all Bilderberg meetings until his death the day after the 1964 Bilderberg.
Paul NitzeUS deep politician, hawkish United States Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Lester PearsonTriple Bilderberger Canadian PM
... further results



Robert BartleyManaged the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal for over 30 years. 15 Bilderberg visits
James BlayUnknown 1961 Bilderberger "in attendance"
Frans A. de GraafPrivate secretary of Prince Bernhard
Friedrich von der Schulenburg


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File:Bilderberg-Conference-Report-1961.pdfreportA summary of the 1961 Bilderberg meeting that took place from 21 April 1961 - 23 April 1961 at St-Castin, Quebec, Canada
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