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Swiss bank to pay Australian

SYDNEY, July 16 (JTA) — An Australian lawyer said he has again successfully settled a claim for a Holocaust-era deposit held in a dormant Swiss bank account. Henry Burstyner reached a confidential settlement — believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — for a client living in Melbourne, Australia, and for his sisters in Europe and South America. The claimants’ father was a Jewish banker who reportedly had deposited a substantial sum of money in a Swiss bank account before dying in unknown circumstances during World War II. Burstyner said the man’s family had been attempting to recover the funds since 1948. Burstyner last year settled a similar claim for the family of an accountant living in Sydney, Australia. In that case the Union Bank of Switzerland reportedly paid $150,000.