New Jewish Claims For Swiss
-- Even after settling Holocaust claims against its banks, Switzerland may face an avalanche of new claims--from Jews denied entry in World War II and persecuted by the Nazis. One refugee, Joseph Spring, has sought $67,000 in government compensation and been refused.
In 1942, Spring, then 16, tried to sneak into Switzerland with two cousins. They were caught, turned over to the Nazis, and sent to Auschwitz. Unlike his relatives, Spring survived and went to Australia, where he's a retiree. On June 23, Finance Minister Kasper Villiger said there were no legal grounds for paying him anything, but "there is perhaps a moral consideration, and he can sue us in the courts." Spring's lawyer said he plans to do just that.