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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 29, 1996 V4, #197
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Gold stolen by Nazis scattered worldwide
Portugal may have received the largest amount of gold stolen by the
Nazis from the Jews in World War 2. Newsweek reports Switzerland
may have the laundered gold, but many parties worldwide moved and
hid assets, that were never returned. Newsweek said a Portuguese
spokesman for its central bank confirmed the bank received the gold
from Germany because it sold goods and services to Germany.
Sonntags Zeitung: "Swiss Dealers Were 'Fences' of Holocaust"
By Max Ruston (VOA-New York)
American Jewish leaders said they are making progress in forcing
the Swiss government and banking community to recognize claims for
bank accounts, missing from the World War 2 period, of European
Jews and other Holocaust victims.
Senior US politicians joined Jewish leaders in New York to receive
a briefing on progress made in the hunt for missing bank accounts.
Jewish leaders say Swiss banks have profited from money left in
Swiss bank accounts by victims of the Holocaust. They say the money
totals billions of dollars and should be returned to survivors and
The Swiss government has offered restitution of $32 million. Edgar
Bronfman, chairman of the global liquor and juice producer
Seagrams, rejects that offer as too small.
"It is the principle. You cannot profit from the dead people who
were killed in the Holocaust. It is not right. It is not legal.
It is not moral. It is not ethical. It is not going to happen.
There are some other countries in what was known as western Europe,
where Jews were taken away and destroyed. What happened to their
property? Specifically I am talking about Holland, Belgium and
Bronfman accused them of fighting every inch of the way and
dragging their feet. Swiss authorities have claimed they are doing
all they can to investigate claims for restitution.
Sen. Alfonse d'Amato, R-NY, speaking at the briefing, sharply
criticized Swiss authorities. "We will get justice. We are
determined to get the facts. That stone wall of silence and
conspiracy is still there but there are cracks beginning to develop
and there are people who should be embarrassed because of what they
have done, and more importantly what they continue to perpetuate,
and that is masking the truth, as ugly as it might be, and that is
Swiss Minister Admits: "We Bear a Heavy Burden of Guilt"
"We still bear a heavy burden of shame when we think of the 'J'
stamp in Jewish passports and of the so-called policy of 'Das Boot
ist voll' ('the boat is full') which barred a great number of Jews
from escaping to our country."
This blunt admission was made by Swiss Federal Minister of
Transport and Energy Moritz Leuenberger to over 100 leaders of
Jewish communities and organizations. The leaders, representing 30
countries, were gathered in Zurich for the 1996 General Assembly of
the European Council of Jewish Communities.
"The truth must be known about the role our country played, and we
must support all historical investigation to get to the bottom of
it," Leuenberger said.
Archive Document Details Contents of Nazi Hoard
A recently declassified government document, dated May 10, 1945,
reports that GIs found a large cache of art and gold hidden
inside German salt mines. That gold included fillings reportedly
pulled from the mouths of Holocaust victims. The document was
recently declassified by the National Archives and was released at
a press conference held in New York.
The mine, near Merkers, 75 miles northwest of Frankfurt, contained
looted art and gold. Its discovery has previously been documented,
and newsreel footage exists of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower inspecting
According to the document, GIs learned of the hoard's existence in
April 1945. Along with the Nazi gold and art, they discovered a
hoard of "SS loot" consisting of more than 200 containers, boxes,
That, and three suitcases containing gold and silver dental
fillings, included "every conceivable kind of personal article of
value," such as gold cigarette cases, silverware, and even silver
thimbles, the document states.
The document does not report whether the assets came from
concentration camps, but inventories found in the valises showed
that many of the objects came from Nazi-conquered countries.
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