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  • Negotiators Mum on Talks to Resolve Claims Against Swiss

    Talks to resolve claims stemming from Swiss actions during World War II have opened — but no quick settlement is in sight. The first round of talks, held in Washington under U.S. State Department auspices, comes on the heels of a pledge last month by Switzerland’s three largest banks to negotiate a settlement that could… More ▸

  • Swiss Allow Mossad Agent to Return Home Pending Trial

    An Israeli Mossad agent caught during a bungled spy operation in Switzerland has returned home. The agent, identified only by his age, 44, returned to Israel on Saturday after Israeli authorities guaranteed that he would return to Switzerland to stand trial. The agent was one of five Mossad operatives caught red-handed in February while attempting… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Swiss Bank Bid to Settle Claims Leaves Thorny Issues Unresolved

    An agreement by Switzerland’s three biggest banks to negotiate a global settlement of Holocaust-era claims marks a partial breakthrough, but it leaves many thorny issues unresolved. The settlement, to be worked out in coming months, would involve a compensation fund for Holocaust survivors to cover all victims’ assets that ended up in Swiss banks, and… More ▸

  • Swiss Banks May Face Sanctions if ‘global Settlement’ Not Reached

    As the key players in the standoff with Swiss banks over Holocaust-era claims prepare to meet in New York next week, the prospects for reaching a “global settlement” remain far from clear. If negotiations do not produce a settlement or significant progress toward a settlement by March 31, Swiss banks could face new sanctions by… More ▸

  • Fired Swiss Guard Returns to Zurich to Prove His Case

    The former Swiss security guard who saved Holocaust- era documents from the teeth of a shredder is back in Switzerland for the first time since he fled the country. Christoph Meili and his wife, Giuseppina, have returned to Switzerland for the first time since April 1997, when they left the country for the United States…. More ▸

  • 2 Jews Suing Switzerland for World War Ii Restitution

    Two Jewish men are bringing separate suits against Switzerland linked to the country’s policy toward Jewish refugees during World War II. Charles Sonabend, whose parents were murdered in Auschwitz after Swiss authorities deported them in 1942, is bringing his compensation claim before Switzerland’s Supreme Court. The move comes after the Swiss Cabinet recently rejected his… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Botched Mossad Operation Further Strains Ties with Swiss

    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 here during the Holocaust era…. More ▸

  • Swiss Arrest of Mossad Agent Further Tarnishes Agency’s Image

    The once-vaunted image of the Mossad has been tarnished again. The latest blow to Israel’s foreign intelligence service came Thursday, when Israeli and Swiss officials confirmed reports that an Israeli Mossad agent had been arrested in Switzerland in connection with an attempt to bug telephones in a building on the outskirts of Bern. Swiss officials… More ▸

  • Swiss Government Rejects Refugee’s Restitution Claim

    Should Switzerland pay restitution for its wartime policy regarding Jewish refugees? The resounding no offered by the Swiss Cabinet has received an equally resounding condemnation from Jewish leaders here and abroad. The Cabinet, known as the Federal Council, rejected last week the $68,000 compensation claim of Charles Sonabend, a World War II Jewish refugee whose… More ▸

  • U.S. Presses Swiss Firms to Pay Insurance Policies

    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 turn, have accused Swiss insurers… More ▸