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  • Swiss man jailed for anti- Semitism

    ZURICH, July 22 (JTA) — A Swiss man has been sentenced to two months in prison for violating the country’s racial hatred laws. The District Court last week handed down the sentence against Erwin Kessler, who wrote in a brochure that the Jewish ritual slaughter of meat is equivalent to the Nazi killing of Jews…

  • Disc promotes killing Jews

    BERN, July 21 (JTA) — A new compact disc calling for the murder of Jews is in circulation in the skinhead communities of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. One of the songs on the disc is titled, “Put a Knife in a Jews’ Body.” “I take this public call to kill Jews very serious,” Ignatz Bubis,…

  • Swiss banks set to disclose names of unclaimed accounts

    ZURICH, July 20 (JTA) — The Swiss Bankers Association is set to announce this week the names of 775 people who opened Swiss bank accounts during World War II that have remained unclaimed, a spokesman for the association has confirmed. The names of the 775 holders of dormant accounts are expected to be published Wednesday…

  • Swiss court rules in struggle over use of Anne Frank’s name

    ZURICH, July 16 (JTA) — One of the most noted names of the Holocaust stands at the center of a protracted legal dispute here. Switzerland’s highest court ruled last week that an Amsterdam-based Anne Frank Foundation holds the commercial rights in Switzerland to use the name of Anne Frank. In its ruling, the court rejected…

  • Wave of anti-Semitic incidents strikes fear among Swiss Jews

    ZURICH, July 14 (JTA) — Months of mounting accusations against Switzerland for its wartime dealings with the Nazis have resulted in an anti-Semitic backlash against members of the Jewish community here. “It is no secret that the we live in an anti-Semitic society,” Hugo Benjamin, president of the small Orthodox community in Lucerne, said Monday….

  • Swiss Holocaust fund to benefit East Europe’s oldest and neediest

    BERN, July 8 (JTA) — The stewards of Switzerland’s highly touted Holocaust Memorial Fund have concluded their first meeting with at least one thing certain: They intend to issue the first payments to the oldest and neediest survivors in Eastern Europe. But members of the fund’s executive committee appear to disagree over when the checks…

  • Fired bank guard may need new attorney in Switzerland

    ZURICH, July 1 (JTA) — The Swiss bank guard who was fired after saving Holocaust-era documents from the shredder must now find a new lawyer. Marcel Bosonnet resigned as Christoph Meili’s attorney last Friday. “I am a lawyer and I will not allow anybody to make of myself a political pinball,” Bosonnet said in an…

  • Swiss fund to aid survivors set to authorize first payments

    BERN, July 1 (JTA) — A Swiss fund established earlier this year to benefit needy Holocaust survivors is set to begin authorizing payments next week. The seven-member executive committee of the Holocaust Memorial Fund will meet Monday in Bern to determine the allocations, Rolf Bloch, the chairman of the committee, announced Tuesday. The committee is…

  • Head of Swiss wartime probe to relinquish position with bank

    BERN, June 16 (JTA) — A controversy has erupted over the disclosure that the head of an international panel of historians probing Switzerland’s wartime past is on the payroll of one of the banks it is expected to investigate. Jean-Francois Bergier is chairman of the Independent Commission of Experts, the international panel of historians created…

  • Swiss parliamentarian urges repayment to Jewish groups

    ZURICH, June 10 (JTA) — A member of the Swiss Parliament has called on the government to return to Jewish groups money they paid to support Jews who found haven in Switzerland during World War II. Switzerland has come under fire for turning away more than 30,000 Jewish refugees at the Swiss border during the…