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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…

  • 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…

  • Swiss leaders narrowly reject refugee’s compensation claim

    BERN, June 23 (JTA) — Swiss Jewish leaders have sharply criticized a government decision to deny compensation to a Jewish refugee whom Swiss border guards handed over to Nazi Germany in 1943. “The reaction of the government is not acceptable, especially because in 1943 the government knew exactly what is going to happen to those…

  • Swiss insurance firms agree to open Holocaust-era records

    ZURICH, March 31 (JTA) — Two Swiss insurance companies have agreed to open their records to U.S. examiners probing allegations that Holocaust survivors and their heirs were denied benefits after World War II. The insurers, Winterthur and Basler Leben, reached the decision after American officials belonging to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners formed a…

  • 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…

  • 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…