Jewish Journal

Barry A. Fisher

  • Austrian Restitution of Nazi-Era Assets

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last January, Austria joined Germany and the Swiss banks in signing a Holocaust reparations agreement. Relatively little noticed, the Austrian settlement deserves great recognition. Among its distinctive features is that it permits the return of specific items of property, including...

  • The Mitzvah of Tzedakah

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Last month, the major private Swiss banks signed an agreement to implement the $1.25 billion fund to pay to survivors of Nazi-era crimes or their heirs. So far, this is the only major settlement in the raft of cases -- some 28 to date, with more to be filed shortly -- that seek...