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  • Wiesenthal Center pushes for accounting of Nazi SS accounts

    ZURICH, March 10 (JTA) — Swiss officials are saying they will investigate allegations that Nazi SS accounts worth as much as $700,000 were transferred to Swiss banks during the war. The vow came after the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center publicized a wartime document about the money. “This is SS money. SS money is all…

  • Swiss won’t prosecute legislator accused of betraying his country

    ZURICH, March 2 (JTA) — A member of the Swiss Parliament who had been accused of anti-Swiss behavior will not be prosecuted, according to government officials. A group of right-wing citizens had leveled the charges against Jean Ziegler after publication of his book, “Switzerland, Gold and the Dead” and in the wake of his testimony…

  • 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…

  • U.S. presses Swiss firms to pay insurance policies

    ZURICH, Feb. 23 (JTA) — American pressure is mounting on Swiss insurance companies to make good on unpaid policies from the Holocaust era. The row intensified this week after Swiss insurers argued that domestic laws bar them from opening up their books regarding the insurance policies taken out by Holocaust victims. U.S. insurance officials, in…

  • 2 Jews suing Switzerland for World War II restitution

    ZURICH, March 15 (JTA) — Two Jewish men are bringing separate suits against Switzerland linked to the country’s policy toward Jewish refugees during World War II. Charles Sonabend, whose parents were murdered in Auschwitz after Swiss authorities deported them in 1942, is bringing his compensation claim before Switzerland’s Supreme Court. The move comes after the…

  • Swiss government rejects refugee’s restitution claim

    ZURICH, Feb. 23 (JTA) — Should Switzerland pay restitution for its wartime policy regarding Jewish refugees? The resounding no offered by the Swiss Cabinet has received an equally resounding condemnation from Jewish leaders here and abroad. The Cabinet, known as the Federal Council, rejected last week the $68,000 compensation claim of Charles Sonabend, a World…

  • Fired Swiss guard returns to Zurich to prove his case

    ZURICH, March 17 (JTA) — The former Swiss security guard who saved Holocaust-era documents from the teeth of a shredder is back in Switzerland for the first time since he fled the country. Christoph Meili and his wife, Giuseppina, have returned to Switzerland for the first time since April 1997, when they left the country…

  • Swiss president’s interview provokes new controversy

    BERN, Jan. 5 (JTA) — The year has begun with a new controversy involving Switzerland’s president, Swiss Jewish leaders and the World Jewish Congress. The conflict was sparked by an interview incoming president Flavio Cotti gave to the Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve that was published on the eve of his Jan. 1 inauguration. Cotti…

  • Swiss papers see increase in anti-Semitic letters to editor

    BERN, June 16 (JTA) — Swiss newspapers have been flooded with anti-Semitic letters to the editor as a result of ongoing pressure on the country to confront its wartime past. The Swiss daily Blick said this week that the country’s newspapers have received hundreds of anti-Semitic letters, the majority of them far too insulting ever…