`The Swiss Are Finally Starting To Come Clean'

Secret meetings in Bern in late August led to a breakthrough to recover millions of dollars in Jewish property held in Swiss banks since the Nazi era. The talks between the Swiss Bankers Assn., World Jewish Congress Secretary General Israel Singer, and Swiss Jewish leader Rolf Bloch resulted in a surprising Sept. 12 announcement. The bankers said that a survey of its members begun in June had so far uncovered $34.1 million in 893 accounts opened prior to the end of World War II. The Swiss also agreed to open an office to help Holocaust survivors and heirs find lost accounts.

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