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The 1954 Meeting
Date29 May 1954 - 31 May 1954
LocationHotel Bilderberg,  Oosterbeek,  Netherlands
ParticipantsGeorge Barry Bingham,  Hugh Gaitskell,  Alcide de Gasperi,  H. M. Hirschfeld,  Guy Mollet,  Paul H. Nitze,  Etienne de la Vallee Poussin,  David Rockefeller,  J. D. Zellerbach,  Robert Andre,  Ralph Assheton,  G. De Beaumont,  Pierre Bonvoisin,  Robert Boothby,  Max Brauer,  Raffaele Cafiero,  Walker L. Cisler,  Gardner Cowles,  Clement Davies,  Jean Drapier,  Roger Duchet,  Maurice Faure,  John H. Ferguson,  John Foster,  Oliver Franks,  Gerhard P. Th. Geyer,  Colin Gubbins,  Dennis Healey,  H. John Heinz II,  Leif Høegh,  C. D. Jackson,  Nelson Dean Jay,  P. Kanellopoulos,  V. J. Koningsberger,  Ole Bjørn Kraft,  P. M. A. Leverkuehn,  Giovanni F. Malagodi,  Finn Moe,  H. Montgomery Hyde,  Roger Motz,  Rudolf Mueller,  George C. McGhee,  George Nebolsine,  H. Oosterhuis,  Cola G. Parker,  George W. Perkins,  Harry Pilkington,  Antoine Pinay,  Panagiotis Pipinelis,  Alberto Pirelli,  P. Quaroni,  Ludwig Rosenberg,  Paolo Rossi,  Denis de Rougemont,  Paul Rijkens,  Ernst Georg Schneider,  Joseph P. Spang,  M. P. L. Steenberghe,  P. H. Teitgen,  Terkel Terkelsen,  Herbert L. G. Tingsten,  H. Troeger,  Vittorio Valletta,  Andre Voisin,  M. Waldenstrom,  H. F. van Walsem,  Jean Willems,  Thomas Williamson
PerpetratorsBilderberg/Steering committee

The 1954 Bilderberg Meeting was the first Bilderberg meeting. It had participants from European countries and the United States. All were male. The 68 guests included 20 business executives, 24 politicians, 5 financiers, 2 editors/journalists and 4 academics. It was held at the Bilderberg Hotel in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands. The next one was the 1955 March meeting.


Prince Bernhard chairs the conference

In August 1956 Józef Retinger completed an account of how the group was set up, in which he tracks the group's origins to 1952. He reportedly approached H.R.H. Prince Bernhard, Dr Paul Rykens and Paul van Zeeland "with the suggestion that we should organize some unofficial and private meetings to discuss the difficulties and dangers which were causing us so much anxiety. To these meetings we would invite influential and reliable people who carried the respect of those working in the field of national and international affairs and whose personal contact with men at the summit of public activity could help to smooth over these difficulties."[1] On their advice, he approached a larger group of his friends, who met in Paris on 25 September 1952 and "discussed what could be done to improve American-European relations and on the initiative of M. van Zeeland we decided to set up a corresponding group in the United States."[1] Retinger went to USA in November that year and organised a US contingent, under John Coleman. Together they organised the list of guests for the 1954 conference.


George C. McGhee's invitation to the first Bilderberg
Bilderberg 1954 attendees list.jpg

In mid April, 1954, the invited guests were sent personal invitations from Soetdijk Palace to "an unofficial international conference which is to be held in the Netherlands at the end of May" for "a candid exchange of views". They were signed by Prince Bernhard.


The "Hotel De Bilderberg" is located in Oosterbeek, a small town near Arnhem, which was the site of a major World War II battle. Bilderberg researcher Tony Gosling has suggested that this may have been a deliberate choice, an indirect reference to Operation Market Garden, which he sees as the deceit which deliberately prolonged World War II.


There were morning and afternoon meetings on all 3 days. On Saturday, 29th May, 10:00-13:00 and then 15:00-18:00. On Sunday, 11:00-13:00 and then 15:00-18:00. On Monday, 10:00-13:00 and then 14:30-18:00. "For reasons of convenience only the English and French languages" were used. The conference room was equipped for simultaneous interpretation into English and French. Secretaries were "made available to the participants on request to the Secretariat."[2]

Notes On Discussion

Subsequent Bilderberg meetings issued a formal conference report, but no such is known to exist for the original Bilderberg conference. Instead, a set of typed notes records 21 pages of opinions expressed at the meeting. These notes are exceptional in that they attribute names to the comments they record. Concern about privacy probably caused this policy to be amended, to that subsequent conference reports instead attributed comments instead to "An American", "A German" etc.


The 1954 conference

An audio recording of Prince Bernhard opening the conference was made, which was posted on YouTube. It is occasionally taken down due to claims of copyright infringement, but remains available. Photos were also taken, but are unknown for later conferences.


The Bilderberg meetings website (which is known to have omitted certain items)[3] summarised the agenda as follows:

  1. The attitude towards communism and the Soviet Union
  2. The attitude towards dependent areas and peoples overseas
  3. The attitude towards economic policies and problems
  4. The attitude towards European integration and the European Defence Community



Robert André
Ralph Assheton
Guerin De Beaumont
George Barry Bingham
Pierre Bonvoisin
Robert Boothby
Max Brauer
Raffaele Cafiero
Walker Cisler
Gardner Cowles
Clement Davies
Jean Drapier
Roger Duchet
Maurice Faure
John Ferguson
John Foster
Oliver FranksBilderberg philosopher
Hugh GaitskellA UK Labour politician who reportedly died of a rare illness in hospital.
Alcide De Gasperi
George W. Perkins
Gerhard P. Th. Geyer
Colin GubbinsBilderberg invitee and spook
Denis Healey
H. M. Hirschfeld
H. Montgomery Hyde
Leif Höegh
H. John Heinz II
C. D. Jackson
Nelson Dean Jay
Panagiotis Kanellopoulos
V. J. Koningsberger
Ole Bjørn KraftA Danish conservative politician whom Józef Retinger consulted when setting up the Bilderberg group
Paul Leverkuehn
Giovanni Malagodi
George McGhee
Finn Moe
Guy Mollet
Roger Motz
Rudolf Mueller
George Nebolsine
Paul Nitze
Henk Oosterhuis
Cola Parker
Harry Pilkington
Antoine PinayA French deep politician, eponymous head of the Pinay Cercle
Panagiotis Pipinelis
Alberto Pirelli
Etienne de la Vallee Poussin
Pietro QuaroniOne of a dozen men whom Józef Retinger consulted when setting up the Bilderberg group
David RockefellerUS deep politician. CFR founder. Only person to attend over 50 Bilderberg meetings.
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