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>JN Oct. 30, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 199

Nazi Website Disputes Holocaust

Holocaust revisionist Ernst Zundel is on trial before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for allegedly creating and maintaining a San Diego-based website defending the actions of the Nazi government in World War 2. The Zundelsite [www.ostara.org/zundel] includes hate speech against Jews and other minorities while denying the accepted truth of Nazi genocide, according to the tribunal.


Swiss Banks Publish 14,000 More Dormant Account Names

By Lisa Schlein (VOA-Geneva)

Swiss banks have shed new light on thousands of dormant pre-World War 2 secret bank accounts. The banks Wednesday published a list of about 14,000 dormant accounts from that era.

Those expecting a windfall will be disappointed. The total amount of money found in the accounts is less than $12.5 million. This is far short of the billions of dollars which Jewish organizations claim are illegally held in secret Swiss bank accounts.

The list includes the names of nearly 3,700 foreigners. But more than 6,000 others are Swiss citizens, whose accounts have remained dormant. Some may have been opened by intermediaries acting on behalf of Jews who were either unable or afraid to personally deposit their assets. The average amount of money contained in the non-Swiss accounts is just under $1,200.

A senior official of the "Swiss Bankers Association," Christoph Meier, says it's difficult to know by looking at the names on the list which ones were victims of Nazi persecution. "Mainly I think it's people and names who are not related to the Holocaust. And from the names and the cities or the countries that people come from, we can't really tell how many are victims of that period."

In an unprecedented move last July, Swiss banks broke their vaunted secrecy by publishing a list of nearly 2,000 names of unclaimed World War 2 accounts. The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center identified 11 names of known Nazis on that list.

The list can be obtained over the Internet or by calling toll-free numbers in New York, Budapest, Basel and Sydney, Australia. Meier says the search for dormant accounts will continue.


German Army Probed for Nazi Sentiment

By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)

German military authorities have ordered a probe of neo-Nazi sentiments in an army unit, following the discovery of an amateur video tape showing soldiers giving the banned Hitler salute and discussing the killing of Jews.


The scandal erupted last week with the discovery of a video tape showing 19 members of the East German-based battalion giving the banned Hitler salute, acting out scenes of violence and making anti-Semitic remarks.

German television stations have since broadcasts portions of the tape, which is believed to have been made in 1994 or 1995. The amateur video was made by the same unit involved in a similar incident last year involving soldiers training for duty in the former Yugoslavia. Those tapes showed soldiers carrying out mock executions and rapes of other soldiers dressed as civilians.

Seven of the 19 soldiers involved in the latest incident are still in the army. One of the soldiers involved in the video scandal has admitted he once belonged to a neo-Nazi group. He says extremism is widespread in the army.


Rabin Assassination Plot Reporter Kept Off the Air

By IINS News Service

Israeli journalist Barry Chamish, who has spent almost two years working to uncover what he believes was a conspiracy relating to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, claims he has been prevented from appearing on of the country's most popular television shows.

The top-rated POPOLITIKA political talk show was to have interviewed Chamish on Monday this week, but shortly before the scheduled show, "undoubtedly due to political pressure and threats", he was told his slot had been canceled.

Chamish said the show had only wanted to feature him in the first place to rubbish his claims. But then, 10 days ago, he had shown researchers for the show documentation proving that Rabin was shot in the chest at point-blank range -- not in the back from some distance as appears in official government reports. He said his appearance on the show posed too great a threat to individuals in powerful positions.

"This is not the first time this has happened," Chamish said. "Other reporters have been warned by their superiors that their jobs will be lost if they covered my evidence of a murder conspiracy. The truth is known throughout the Israeli media and is being withheld from the public."

An Israeli student, Yigal Amir, is serving a life sentence for shooting Rabin on November 4, 1995. Since then, Chamish has carried out an energetic campaign of questioning publicly the official version of the killing. In the days leading up to the second anniversary of the assassination -- Chamish says -- Israelis will again be bombarded in the media by "utter lies" about what happened. Chamish can be contacted at: <chamish@netmedia.net.il>



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