Newsletter : 7fax0728.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
>JN July 28, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 136
Former Vermont Governor's Mom on Swiss List
By VOA's Victor Beattie (Washington), Lisa Schlein (Geneva)
The US Ambassador to Switzerland who has pressured Swiss bankers to
make public a list of more than 1,700 World War 2-era accounts, has
found her mother's name on the list. Ambassador Madeleine Kunin
plans to go through the normal filing procedures in search of more
Kunin, who is Jewish, says she learned Friday her mother's name,
Renee May, was among the names on the list. Swiss bankers have been
under growing international pressure to make public the assets of
Holocaust victims for the benefit of rightful heirs.
The ambassador's mother died in Vermont in 1970. The ambassador,
who fled switzerland for the United States with her mother and
brother in 1940, is surprised by the development and plans to
seek more information.
It remains unclear how much money is in the May account. The total
in those accounts made public last Wednesday was estimated at $42
The search of the Swiss bank accounts began with US Senate hearings
resulting in an independent audit conducted by former Federal
Reserve Bank Chairman Paul Volcker.
Jewish groups in Switzerland say they are not surprised to see
the names of Nazis on the list of dormant accounts which Swiss
banks published. The groups say they believe further investigations
into secret accounts will reveal the names of more Nazi account
The vice president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish communities,
Thomas Lyssy, says there have always been rumors that leading Nazis
deposited money in secret Swiss bank accounts during the war.
Therefore, he says he is not surprised to see several names on
the list of pre-1945 account holders.
The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified eight
members of Hitler's regime on the list of unclaimed accounts. They
include Willy Bauer, an aide to Adolf Eichman, and Heinrich
Hoffman, one of Hitler's aides. The Wiesenthal center has given
the Swiss banks a list of 334 Nazis it believes deposited money in
Swiss banks said more than 100,000 people looked up an Internet
site with names of dormant account holders -- and possible
Holocaust victims -since it was opened Wednesday, and thousands
have called contact offices. The names were also published in 27
Etzion Arrested at Temple Mount
By IINS News Service
The head of the Chai Vekaiyam organization, Yehuda Etzion, was
arrested Sunday along with two colleagues, for attempting to go
onto the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to pray. Last week, in an
unprecedented ruling, a Jerusalem Magistrate's Court judge granted
Etzion permission to pray on the Mount, providing he did not wear
any religious articles that were visible (prayer shawl,
phylacteries etc.) and he must pray silently [without moving his
lips]. The Court also ruled the police may cancel the permit to
pray if they feel it will lead to violence.
As has been the case in the past, limited numbers of Jews are
granted permission to go on the Mount, (but not to pray). Police
told Etzion and his colleagues they may not go onto the Mount
fearing a violent Arab reaction.
In an interview with IINS, Etzion stated he will continue to fight
until Jews are permitted freedom of worship in the State of Israel.
He also pointed out that this discriminatory practice by Israel
police would not be tolerated by Jewish communities anywhere else
in the free world.
Following Arab riots and attacks upon Jewish worshipers at the
Western Wall, many critics have asked why even when Arabs
stone-throwers attack Jews from above on the Temple Mount site,
police moved in and forced Jews to leave [the Western Wall] while
Arabs continue to occupy the Temple Mount site with impunity.
Etzion stated this is a policy of anti-Semitism and religious
discrimination that will not be tolerated and he and his followers
will not be deterred by police.
Saddam's Son Kills Woman
By IINS News Service
Reports say Uday Hussein, son of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein,
has killed a young woman after a failed attempt to have sex with
her. The Sunday Times of London reports Uday then paid off the
woman's family with $700, an Oldsmobile and a promise of $50 a
month if they remained silent about her death.
According to Iraqi opposition sources, the 33-year-old Uday saw
Asil Salman Mansour walking along a Baghdad street and ordered his
guards to bring her to the presidential palace. When he was unable
to seduce her, he became enraged and shot her to death.
The oldest son of the Middle East dictator is thought to be deeply
depressed by the realization he is unlikely to recover from wounds
suffered last December when gunmen fired 10 bullets into his legs
and spine, leaving his left leg partially paralyzed.
Uday has a history of violence, beginning at age 24 when he beat to
death his father's elderly servant. He recently shot to death one
of his own bodyguards and ordered members of the Iraqi national
football team be beaten on the soles of their feet for losing a
World Cup match to Kazakhstan.
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)