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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
DescriptionThe first Bilderberg meeting, attended by 68 men from Europe and the US, including 20 businessmen, 25 politicians, 5 financiers & 4 academics.

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, 25 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.

Origins

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.

Invitations

George C. McGhee's invitation to the first Bilderberg
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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.

Location

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.

Meetings

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.

Recording

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.

Agenda

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

 

Participants

ParticipantDescription
Robert AndréAttended the first Bilderberg and 2 more, president of the "Syndicat de Petrole"
Ralph Assheton
Guerin De Beaumont
George Barry Bingham
Pierre BonvoisinAttended the first Bilderberg and three more. Father of Benoît de Bonvoisin
Robert Boothby
Max BrauerMayor of Hamburg. One of a dozen men whom Józef Retinger consulted when setting up the Bilderberg
Raffaele Cafiero
Walker CislerAs well as the first Bilderberg, he attended the next four, and 3 more in the early 1960s, US businessman
Gardner Cowles
Clement Davies
Jean DrapierLittle known early triple Bilderberger Belgian lawyer
Roger Duchet
Maurice Faure
John FergusonUS lawyer, attended the first Bilderberg and 7 others in the 1950s. US Ambassador to Morocco 1962-64
John FosterUS Nuclear physicist who attended the first Bilderberg and two more.
Oliver FranksBilderberg philosopher
Hugh GaitskellA UK Labour politician who reportedly died of a rare illness in hospital.
Alcide De GasperiPrime Minister of Italy for over 7 years. Attended the First Bilderberg as President of the European Parliament.
George W. Perkins
Gerhard P. Th. Geyer
Colin GubbinsBilderberg invitee and spook
Denis HealeyBilderberg Steering committee member, who attended 23 Bilderberg meetings.
H. M. HirschfeldDutch economist/diplomat. Rapporteur in the attendance list of the first Bilderberg.
H. Montgomery Hyde
Leif HöeghBilderberg Steering committee, as was his son
H. John Heinz II34 Bilderberg meetings, Bilderberg Steering & Advisory Committees
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 MalagodiPresident of the Italian Senate, Attended the first Bilderberg and 8 others.
George McGheeUS ambassador, spook, Committee on the Present Danger, 12 Bilderbergs in the 1950s and 60s.
Finn MoeTransatlantic and pro-EU Norwegian politician who attended the First Bilderberg
Guy MolletOne of a dozen men whom Józef Retinger consulted when setting up the Bilderberg group
Roger MotzBelgian politician who attended 4 Bilderberg meetings in the 1950s, including the first one.
Rudolf MuellerConsulted by Józef Retinger when setting up the Bilderberg group
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.
Henk OosterhuisAttended the first Bilderberg as President of the Netherlands Federation of Trade Unions, and also the 1956 Bilderberg
Cola Parker
Harry Pilkington
Antoine PinayMulti-Bilderberg French deep politician, chairman and eponymous head of the Pinay Cercle
Panagiotis PipinelisOne of a dozen men whom Józef Retinger consulted when setting up the Bilderberg group. Attended the first Bilderberg and four more. Greek PM.
Alberto PirelliItalian businessman who attended the first Bilderberg and 7 others up to 1963
Etienne de la Vallee PoussinBelgian politician who attended the first Bilderberg and three more in the 1950s
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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