December 11, 1999 |
An international panel of historians declared that Switzerland was guilty of acting as an accomplice in the Holocaust when it refused to accept many thousands of fleeing Jews and instead sent them back to almost certain annihilation at the hands of the Nazis.
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.
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."
June 11, 1998 |
Authors of a controversial report accusing the Swiss government of aiding Nazi Germany during World War II defended themselves Wednesday against accusations that the conclusions were unproved. The report, based largely on documents from German and Swiss archives, was criticized by Swiss President Flavio Cotti as "untenable and perfidious" and an insult to "an entire generation."
June 10, 1998 |
Switzerland's justice minister met clandestinely during World War II with leaders of a Swiss anti-Semitic group, promising to stop most Jews fleeing the Holocaust from entering the country but warning that the policy had to be kept secret, according to documents contained in a report to be released today.
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.