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  • Swiss sent Jews to certain death

    In 1942, a 19-year-old Jew identified as “Leo H.” attempted to enter Switzerland three times to escape the Nazis. Swiss border guards denied him haven and they robbed and beat him. In October 1943, a 15-year-old Jewish girl seeking refuge was sexually mol

  • Swiss sent Jews to certain death

    In 1942, a 19-year-old Jew identified as “Leo H.” attempted to enter Switzerland three times to escape the Nazis. Swiss border guards denied him haven and they robbed and beat him. In October 1943, a 15-year-old Jewish girl seeking refuge was sexually mol

  • Swiss banks may have destroyed documents

    BERN, Dec. 8 (JTA) — A panel probing Swiss banks’ handling of Holocaust-era dormant accounts has found several instances in which individual banks destroyed records pertinent to the investigation. As a result of these findings, Swiss police have begun a criminal probe that may target the banks involved, JTA has learned. “At one large commercial…

  • Swiss banks may have destroyed documents

    BERN, Dec. 8 (JTA) — A panel probing Swiss banks’ handling of Holocaust-era dormant accounts has found several instances in which individual banks destroyed records pertinent to the investigation. As a result of these findings, Swiss police have begun a criminal probe that may target the banks involved, JTA has learned. “At one large commercial…

  • Red Star of David alongside the cross and crescent?

    GENEVA, Nov. 8 (JTA) — The International Committee of the Red Cross is considering granting membership to Israel’s Magen David Adom. American Red Cross officials urged the inclusion of the Israeli humanitarian organization during an international assembly held in Geneva. At last week’s meeting, the president of the American Red Cross, Dr. Bernadette Healy, said…

  • Switzerland latest flash point in far right’s rise

    ZURICH, Oct. 26 (JTA) — Fears that voters across Europe are succumbing to the pitches of hard-right populists were given credence by the latest election results from Switzerland. As a result of Sunday’s parliamentary vote, widely described by Swiss commentators as marking a watershed in Swiss politics, the right-wing People’s Party came in second and…

  • Swiss legislators object to more aid for survivors

    BERN, June 29 (JTA) — Swiss lawmakers have sent a message to Holocaust survivors — do not expect a franc from a planned multimillion dollar humanitarian foundation. The lower house of the Swiss Parliament voted 25-3 last week to recommend that Holocaust projects be excluded from the foundation’s beneficiaries. Last year, Swiss President Arnold Koller…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Botched Mossad operation further strains ties with Swiss

    BERN, March 2 (JTA) — It seems ironic that the latest Mossad fiasco took place in Switzerland. For more than a year, Switzerland has suffered strained relations with Israel and the larger Jewish world over allegations that Swiss banks helped bankroll the Nazi war effort and hoarded the wealth of Jews who opened secret accounts…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Botched Mossad operation further strains ties with Swiss

    BERN, March 3 (JTA) — It seems ironic that the latest Mossad fiasco took place in Switzerland. For more than a year, Switzerland has suffered strained relations with Israel and the larger Jewish world over allegations that Swiss banks helped bankroll the Nazi war effort and hoarded the wealth of Jews who opened secret accounts…

  • Swiss get Jewish president who is proud of her heritage

    BERN, Dec. 20 (JTA) — Switzerland will soon have a president who plans to speak out aggressively about her country’s role in World War II. Recently elected by the Swiss Parliament to assume the country’s presidency on Jan. 1, Ruth Dreifuss said she is “especially proud as a woman and of course also as a…