Menu JTA Search

Tova Peretz RSS

Latest

  • Independent panel to handle claims on Swiss bank accounts

    JERUSALEM, June 8 (JTA) — Jewish groups and Swiss banks have taken a significant step toward returning the assets from unclaimed accounts that were opened by Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. The World Jewish Restitution Organization and the Swiss Bankers Association agreed to set up an independent panel to handle requests from Holocaust survivors or their…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Extremist Swiss legislator denounces Holocaust fund

    ZURICH, March 3 (JTA) — In a speech laced with anti-Semitic references, a right-wing member of the Swiss Parliament has lashed out against his country’s decision to endorse a memorial fund for needy Holocaust survivors. Addressing a rally here Saturday, Christoph Blocher also said that Switzerland had no reason to apologize for doing business with…

  • 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…

  • $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, Jewish groups end fight over makeup of Holocaust fund

    ZURICH, May 5 (JTA) — After weeks of wrangling between the Swiss government and Jewish groups, the two sides have reached agreement on the composition of an executive board that will oversee the distribution of millions of dollars to needy Holocaust survivors. The Swiss government last week appointed Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel to serve as…