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  • Surge in Swiss anti-Semitism linked to compensation effort

    ZURICH, Feb. 13 (JTA) — Swiss Jews are confronting a mounting wave of anti-Semitism in the wake of international pressure on Switzerland to compensate Holocaust victims and their heirs for funds deposited in Swiss banks during the World War II era. At the same time, however, Swiss Jews have found support from a largely sympathetic…

  • Swiss officials seek to end D’Amato’s critical statements

    ZURICH, March 3 (JTA) — A two-sentence statement issued by U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.) regarding Switzerland’s wartime role has elicited sharp condemnations from Swiss government officials. “The world has already rendered its verdict: The Swiss were guilty. We’re now debating the penalty, and the penalty should fit the crime,” the chairman of the Senate…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Switzerland may backtrack on compensating survivors

    ZURICH, May 18 (JTA) — None of the funds from a $5 billion humanitarian foundation should go to needy Holocaust survivors, according to a spokesman for the Swiss Finance Ministry. The spokesman”s comment last Friday, which threw into doubt what may have been a source of significant financial support for survivors, came a day after…

  • $5 billion Swiss proposal hailed, but legal obstacles stand in way

    ZURICH, March 5 (JTA) — Jews around the world are applauding a surprise Swiss proposal for a $5 billion humanitarian fund, but it is far from certain if and when the moneys would be distributed. In a stunning announcement Wednesday before the Swiss Parliament, President Arnold Koller proposed that his country devote $5 billion from…

  • Swiss reaction to U.S. report elicits mixed Jewish response

    BERN, May 26 (JTA) — Jewish leaders are giving a mixed response to the Swiss government’s reaction to a U.S. report that was sharply critical of Switzerland’s wartime dealings with the Nazis. Switzerland last week acknowledged that it entered into “questionable deals” with the Third Reich, but denied that the country helped prolong World War…