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  • U.S. report provokes debate among Swiss on wartime role

    ZURICH, May 11 (JTA) — A debate has erupted in Switzerland in the wake of a U.S. report that harshly criticized the country’s wartime dealings with the Nazis. The 200-page report, released May 7 in Washington by U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce Stuart Eizenstat, included charges that Swiss purchases of Nazi-looted gold helped prolong the Third…

  • Switzerland prepares to host Zionism centennial festivities

    BASEL, April 6 (JTA) — This northwestern Swiss city at the border of France and Germany is busy preparing to host celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of a landmark event in the history of the creation of the Jewish state. On Aug. 29-31, 1897, the first session of the Zionist Congress was held here to…

  • Swiss guard faces hostility for saving bank documents

    ZURICH, March 26 (JTA) — Special security arrangements are being provided for the Swiss bank guard who was dismissed after saving wartime documents from the shredder and giving them to the Jewish community. The arrangements were put in place after Christoph Meili received death threats, his lawyer, Marcel Bosonnet, said this week. “The life of…

  • Fate of Holocaust memorial fund now lies with Swiss government

    BERN, Feb. 25 (JTA) — The fate of a Swiss Holocaust memorial fund now lies in the hands of the Swiss government. Lengthy meetings early this week here between Swiss and Jewish officials produced an agreement about how to administer the fund, recently established by Switzerland’s three main banks. The Swiss Federal Council was scheduled…

  • Switzerland may oppose naming local Jew to head Holocaust fund

    ZURICH, March 30 (JTA) — At least one member of the Swiss Cabinet is questioning whether a local Jewish leader should chair the body that will oversee disbursements from Switzerland’s recently established Holocaust Memorial Fund. Rolf Bloch, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Switzerland, confirmed last week that “it was the understanding” of…