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The 1961 Bilderberg Report
Date21 April 1961 - 23 April 1961
LocationSt-Castin,  Quebec,  Canada
ParticipantsPrince Bernhard, Ernst H. 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 E. 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, Charles 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, A. S. 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

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 14 business executives, 22 politicians, 7 financiers, 0 editors/journalists and 4 academics.


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]



Hermann Abs
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 Bassett
Victor Cavendish BentinckChairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, diplomat, 7 Bilderbergs
Prince BernhardArms dealer.
Ernst van der Beugel34 Bilderberg meetings, on both the Advisory Committee & Steering committees
Nuri Birgi23 Bilderbergs, Turkish Permanent Representative to NATO
Pieter BlaisseAttended 6 Bilderberg meetings up to 1965
Erik Boheman
Richard Bolling
Walter E. Boveri
Thomas Brand
Fraser BruceUnknown attendee of 3 early Bilderberg meetings.
Charles D. Jackson
Walker CislerAs well as the first Bilderberg, he attended the next four, and 3 more in the early 1960s, US businessman
M. James W. Coldwell
François Croisillier
James S. DuncanLittle known member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
Fritz ErlerSPD Deputy chair. Bilderberger
Donald FlemingSingle Bilderberger
Charles Foulkes
J. Douglas Gibson
Lincoln Gordon
Walter GordonTriple Bilderberger
Colin GubbinsBilderberg invitee and spook
Guillaume GuindeyQuad Bilderberg BIS General Manager
Gabriel HaugeFormer Bilderberg Steering committee
Denis HealeyBilderberg Steering committee member, who attended 23 Bilderberg meetings.
Christian HerterUnited States Secretary of State. Double Bilderberger
William Hewitt
John Wendell HolmesCanadian diplomat and academic.
Leif HöeghBilderberg Steering committee, as was his son
H. John Heinz II34 Bilderberg meetings, Bilderberg Steering & Advisory Committees
Per JacobssonManaging Director of the IMF
George Jellicoe
Joseph E. JohnsonInaugural US secretary of the annual Bilderberg, Bilderberg Steering committee member.
E. N. van KleffensDutch Bilderberger
Max KohnstammMember of the Bilderberg Advisory Committee
Thorkil Kristensen
Arnold LampingDeputy secretary general in Europe of the Bilderberg. All Bilderberg meetings from 1960 - 1968.
Jean Lesage
William Maillard
Jean Marchand
George McGheeUS ambassador, spook, Committee on the Present Danger, 12 Bilderbergs in the 1950s and 60s.
Roland Michener
Hartland de M. Molson
A. S. Monroney
George NebolsineRussian born naturalised US lawyer who attended all Bilderberg meetings until his death in 1964
Paul NitzeUS deep politician, hawkish United States Deputy Secretary of Defense.
... 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