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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
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
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
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
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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