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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…

  • Report: Swiss helped Nazis achieve their goals

    BERN, Nov. 29 (JTA) — Switzerland helped the Nazis achieve their goals, according to an international panel of historians probing the Alpine nation’s wartime past. A spokesman for the panel, known as the Bergier Commission, told JTA on Monday that this is one of the major conclusions of its report, due to be published Dec….

  • 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…

  • Experts: Consulate attack preventable

    BERLIN, May 25 (JTA) — Berlin’s police chief refused offers from the German Interior Ministry to reinforce security around the Israeli Consulate in Berlin a day before Kurdish demonstrators attacked it on February 17, according to a written transcript. This refusal indicates that the attack, which killed four Kurdish demonstrators and injured several others, could…

  • Swiss high court ruling favors Jewish man handed over to Nazis

    ZURICH, April 25 (JTA) — The Swiss Supreme Court has called for an investigation into the case of a Jewish refugee whom Swiss border guards handed over to Nazi Germany in 1943. Joseph Spring, 72, who now lives in Australia, had demanded about $67,000 in compensation from the Swiss government, which denied his request last…

  • Suit filed in Auschwitz case

    ZURICH, April 21 (JTA) — A Jewish man whose parents were murdered in Auschwitz after Swiss authorities deported them in 1942 is bringing a lawsuit against Switzerland before the European Supreme Court in Strasbourg, France. The move by Charles Sonabend comes after the Swiss Cabinet rejected his suit and Switzerland’s Supreme Court suspended the case….