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>JN Nov. 11, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 207

Palestinians Support Saddam Hussein

Demonstrators in PLO Authority autonomous areas held pro-Iraq demonstrations Monday. "We, the Palestinians support Hussein," read the signs. The demonstrators called upon Hussein to bomb Tel-Aviv. They burned Israeli and American flags. Unlike during the Gulf War, Yasir Arafat has not made a public statement supporting Saddam Hussein.


Swiss Banks Print WW-2-era Accounts in Newspapers

Swiss banks changed course Monday and took out newspaper ads listing 3,687 more foreign owners of World War 2-era dormant accounts in a bid to counter charges of hoarding Holocaust wealth. The reversal followed criticism that the original system of finding names on the latest list -- via keyword searches on an Internet site (www.dormantaccounts.ch) -- was too opaque. The list was first posted this way Oct. 29. The move brings to around 5,500 the number of non-Swiss accounts that banks have released to the public.

A similar ad Monday appeared in the New York Times and the International Edition of the Swiss publication Neue Zuercher Zeitung and will appear in Israel's Yediot Achronot Nov. 14th.

The decision to advertise in these newspapers was made in response to requests from interested parties and in conjunction with the Swiss banks' continuing efforts to provide cooperative and constructive assistance to victims of Nazi persecution and their heirs in resolving questions about dormant World War 2-era assets.

The accounts, amounting to approximately $4 million, consist of passbooks and savings accounts, as well as other accounts that have been identified since the publication of the initial list of dormant accounts, on July 23, 1997. Combined, the, July and October lists of non-Swiss accounts have a total value of approximately $45 million.


Gottschalk: Swiss Anti-Semitism on rise

By Don Canaan

CINCINNATI -- The chancellor of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Alfred Gottschalk, believes Swiss anti-Semitism is increasing.

Gottschalk, the Reform Jewish seminary's former president, was a delegate to last month's 100th anniversary in Basel of the World Jewish Congress -- the Zionist movement founded by Austrian Jewish journalist Theodor Herzl.

Gottschalk said he was told by the Swiss that: "You people (Jews) are making things very bad for yourself here." He said the Swiss were referring to efforts by the WJC and Sen. Alphonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., to force Swiss banks to turn over accounts opened by Holocaust victims before World War 2.

Gottschalk quoted one Swiss as saying: "You're recreating anti-Semitism in your demand for reparations for Jews or for survivors who made deposits in Swiss banks."

Gottschalk told Israel Faxx and UPI that he believes the increase in Swiss anti-Semitism is also illustrated in a statement by the chairman of the Swiss banking system, who said Jewish attempts to have their relatives' money returned should be characterized as an attempt by a "Jewish cabal...to get money from the Swiss banks."

Switzerland's 1993 population was 6.9 million, including only 18,000 Jews.


Holocaust Global Registry Web Site

By IINS News Service

JewishGen Inc., the leading Internet site for Jewish genealogy, announced the opening of the Holocaust Global Registry, an interactive searchable database accessible worldwide at http://www.jewishgen.org .

The JewishGen Holocaust Global Registry provides a central place for all survivors to list themselves and to search for, and connect with, family and friends. Child survivors who do not even remember their surnames may enter whatever information they have in the hope of discovering their roots.

Anyone may add names or search for lost ones who might still be alive. This Registry will fill an information gap persisting far too long. Survivors are still searching and occasionally finding each other or locating friends and relatives, often by chance.

The JewishGen Family Finder has received submissions from over 4,000 individuals worldwide resulting in numerous success stories. The hope is to reunite people separated more than half a century ago. Over the years, JewishGen has already facilitated many family connections. The Holocaust Global Registry, using the widely accessible tools of modern communication, could succeed where nothing else has.

While the names of the victims and oral testimonies have been collected, the one thing which has been overlooked is a worldwide mechanism for helping people reconnect with loved ones.

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