January 13, 1998 |
As the dark clouds of World War II gathered over Europe, Jews by the tens of thousands desperately hoped to find sanctuary in neutral Switzerland. Many were turned away at the frontier, or even handed to the Nazis by the Swiss. But in other cases, even those permitted to cross the Alps to safety were not at the end of their ordeals.
June 15, 1998 |
The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center defended its latest Holocaust report Sunday after a backlash by the Swiss government and even by the famed Nazi-hunter for whom the center is named. "We are not backing down. This is not a report about the Swiss people of 1942 or the Swiss government or people of today," Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Wiesenthal Center, said Sunday. Hier said historian Alan Morris Schom's report was a survey of extremist groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1998
Re "Jews Mistreated in Swiss WWII Camps, Study Says," Jan. 13: As a Jewish refugee in Switzerland from April 1944 until the end of World War II, I was appalled to read your article. During my family's stay there we were treated courteously and with respect. Although initially our family was separated, in part to permit children to attend school, the Swiss authorities quickly arranged for all members of the family to be within the same geographic area. The only time we slept on straw was on the first night after we crossed the Alps from Italy and arrived in a remote Swiss village.
January 14, 1998 |
Switzerland on Tuesday said a U.S. historian's report accusing it of having discriminated against wartime Jewish refugees by locking them up in labor camps and subjecting them to a special tax was insulting, simplistic and laced with errors. "Any former refugees who were in Swiss camps today express gratitude toward Switzerland for the fact that they survived the war because they were accepted in Switzerland," said Linda Shepard, an official spokeswoman in Bern, the Swiss capital.
June 14, 1998 |
A Jewish newspaper in Switzerland has disputed a new report that alleges some Swiss leaders were pro-Nazi during World War II, charging that the study distorted the strength of a movement supporting the Third Reich. The newspaper, the Israelitisches Wochenblatt, alleged that the study issued in New York by the Simon Wiesenthal Center "deliberately suppressed the strong anti-Nazi movement in Switzerland."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1998 |
For more than 50 years, the Swiss have denied that they were Nazi Germany's bankers of choice during World War II. Today, their own independent commission acknowledges that they plundered at least $444 million ($4 billion in today's values) from the victims of Nazism.