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Leading figure in Swiss Jewish community dies

AP

June 29, 2010 | 10:15 am

From Associated Press:

Alfred Donath, a Jewish activist who helped Holocaust victims and their heirs recover money from Swiss banks, has died. He was 78.

The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG), which Donath led from 2000 to 2008, said he collapsed and died later in hospital Monday night. The cause of death was not given.

Donath was a key figure in mediations between the World Jewish Congress and Swiss banks and was the federation’s vice president in 1998, when Swiss banks reached an out-of-court settlement to pay Holocaust victims and their heirs $1.25 billion. The deal followed a concerted campaign by the Congress and several lawsuits.

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