switzerland

Museum 'risks lawsuits' over looted art gift

By Toby Axelrod, November 6, 2014

Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, has warned a museum in Switzerland against accepting the collection it inherited from reclusive German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt, who died in May this year.

In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine published Saturday, Mr Lauder said the Kunstmuseum in Bern would risk "opening Pandora's box, triggering an avalanche of lawsuits".

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Three Israelis dead in train collision

By JC Reporter, August 11, 2014

Three Israeli tourists died and five others were seriously wounded when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a train near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

The Israelis — four men and four women — had been travelling to Engelberg, just south of the lake, according to local reports.

It is not yet clear why the minibus was crossing the railway line in the path of the train.

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Three Israelis dead in Swiss train crash

By JC Reporter, August 11, 2014

Three Israeli tourists died and five others were seriously wounded when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a train near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

The Israelis — four men and four women — had been travelling to Engelberg, just south of the lake, according to local reports.

It is not yet clear why the minibus was crossing the railway line in the path of the train.

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Swiss banks ‘handed out £800m to Shoah victims and heirs’

By Josh Jackman, July 16, 2013

Holocaust survivors and victims’ heirs have reportedly been paid more than £800 million by a Swiss fund created after banks were accused of withholding money from Jews.

According to Tachles, a Swiss-Jewish magazine, 457,000 Jews have been compensated since a settlement was made in 1998 between the World Jewish Congress and Swiss banks.

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Getting to know Geneva, Switzerland

By Liz Gill, December 13, 2012

For a place with fewer than 200,000 inhabitants Geneva punches above its weight. It produced Jean Jacques Rousseau, whose philosophy inspired the French Revolution; it was the launch pad for the Reformation which changed the course of European history; the Geneva Convention was signed here and the World Jewish Congress was founded here in 1936.

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