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  • Swiss Jewish leader denies leaking pro-Gaza mayor’s nude selfies

    2 weeks ago

    The president of a Swiss Jewish community denied accusations that he helped leak nude photos of a pro-Palestinian mayor who had sent them to a younger woman.

    Josef Bollag, who heads the Baden-Baden Jewish community, issued the denial last week in an Op-Ed that he wrote amid the...

  • Anti-Israel protesters target synagogue in Geneva

    August 19, 2014 | 9:37 am

    Anti-Israel protesters demonstrated outside Geneva’s main synagogue.

    A Swiss watchdog group said the weekend protests in front of the Beth Yaakov, or Grande, Synagogue were the first public displays of hostility in Switzerland toward Israel since the conflict with Gaza began in...

  • Swiss polling firm wants to know if Jews have too much power

    August 23, 2013 | 9:52 am

    A Swiss polling company working for an undisclosed client is conducting a survey about Jewish power.

    Annie Mumenthaler, a representative of Switzerland’s ruling UDC party from the Lausanne suburb of Pully, told the news site 24 Heures that an employee of the Demoscope polling...

  • Fewer anti-Semitic attacks recorded in Switzerland last year

    March 18, 2013 | 8:37 am

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Switzerland has dropped from 36 in 2011 to 25 incidents last year.

    The figures were reported in the annual analysis on anti-Semitism by the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities. The report states that unlike the previous year, no...

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  • Swiss Jewish philanthropist, wife die in house fire

    March 11, 2013 | 7:08 am

    An elderly Jewish philanthropist from Switzerland and his wife died in a fire in their Zurich home.

    Yosef Elbaum, 91, and his wife Raizel, 74, died from smoke inhalation on March 7 after a fire broke out in their attic apartment on Richard Wagner Street in southern Zurich, the...

  • French Nazi hunter: Swiss Shoah record better than believed

    February 14, 2013 | 4:51 am

    Swiss authorities turned away only 3,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and not 24,500 as believed, French Nazi hunter and historian Serge Klarsfeld said.

    Klarsfeld told Switzerland’s Der Sonntag newspaper that the figure of 24,500 came from imprecise archive material...

  • Report: Swiss kicked out Jews despite knowing of ‘final solution’

    January 28, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    The Swiss government knew about the Nazi program to wipe out Jews in 1942 -- earlier than previously known -- documents publicized by a Swiss television station suggest.

    A report aired by the German-language station SRF on Sunday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, said the...

  • Swiss army officer slammed for praising Nazi-era German general

    December 13, 2012 | 10:48 am

    A Swiss army commander reportedly praised Nazi-era German general Erwin Rommel before a group of officers, holding up Rommel as an example for the Swiss army to follow.

    According to a report in the Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag, the officer, a lieutenant colonel identified only as...

  • Dutch police nab suspected stabber of French Jew

    November 13, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Dutch police reportedly arrested and extradited to Switzerland a 22-year-old Briton suspected of stabbing a Jewish man in Geneva.

    The suspect is a member of extreme right circles, according to CICAD, a Swiss watchdog on anti-Semitism, and was arrested last month in the...

  • Israeli tennis duo upsets defending Olympic champs Federer and partner

    August 1, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    The Israeli Olympic tennis duo of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram upset the 2008 gold medalists in men’s doubles, Roger Federer and Stanislaw Wawrinca of Switzerland.

    The Israelis beat the Swiss pair, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the second round on Wednesday and advance to the quarterfinals to...

  • Health issue or anti-Semitism: Switzerland joins German circumcision ban

    July 26, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Today come reports that hospitals in Zurich and St. Gallen have suspended the practice on Jewish and Muslim boys in the wake of a similar ban in Germany ordered by a judge in Cologne.

    Judges in Cologne concluded that circumcision, even when performed by a doctor, is considered...

  • Arthur Stern, inventor, activist and philanthropist dies at 87

    By JewishJournal

    May 25, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Arthur Stern, inventor, activist and philanthropist,  died in his home in Los Angeles May 25, 2012 at 87.

    Arthur Stern was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1925. His life story combined Holocaust-era heroism, scientific excellence, pioneering technological innovation, passionate...

  • Basel opens first new Orthodox synagogue in 83 years

    April 19, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Basel, a city with a Jewish population of some 2,000, saw the opening of its fifth synagogue.

    Monday’s opening was the first dedication of an Orthodox synagogue in the city of Zionist fame since 1929.

    Rabbi Zalmen Wishedski, a Chabad emissary who settled in Basel 10 years ago, will...

  • The Bachelor - Our Torture Continues

    By Ilana Angel

    February 28, 2012 | 9:24 am

    This train wreck is almost over and I cannot wait.  Two more weeks until we can say goodbye to ugly haired Ben.  All the bachelors have been disappointments, but this guy’s complete and total grossness has been epic. I am certain the ladies who were not picked are watching at home...

  • Dateline Davos: Israelis and Palestinians make their voices heard

    By Stephanie L. Freid

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Each one of us needs to understand our power and our responsibility, and take action by asking: What am I willing to do to end the conflict?" That statement was made in a video clip featuring young Palestinians and Israelis presented at the World Economic Conference in Davos,...
  • Briefs: Holocaust denial resolution goes to U.N.; Swiss admit Israel-Syria mediation; Survivors owed

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Holocaust Denial Resolution Goes to U.N.

    The United States presented a resolution condemning Holocaust denial to the United Nations General Assembly. The text, introduced Tuesday in advance of the U.N.-designated International Day of Commemoration for victims of the Holocaust on...

  • A Swiss Family Bind—No Hotel Heirs

    By Adam Wills

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In Switzerland, resorts like St. Moritz and Arosa are second only to chocolate and cheese fondue in popularity. But these two disparate destinations, more easily accessible by train than car, both offer something rarely found in other Swiss mountain retreats -- kosher hotels.

    The...

  • Evil

    By Michael Levine

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    My great-uncle, Jacques Graubart, came to town last weekend. Jacques, a fit and vigorous 79, has always been the superhero against whom I've measured my life. Jacques entered the Resistance when he was 19 and rowed hundreds of Jews to safety from occupied France into Switzerland. He...

  • Reviews of “The Envoy” and “Hitler’s Head”

    By Tom Tugend

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "You can't confront evil on its own ground without becoming part of it," muses diplomat Heinrich Zwygart in "The Envoy," and his self-recognition clearly applies to Switzerland, the country he represented faithfully in Berlin during the six years of World War II.

    Zwygart's job was to...

  • The Mitzvah of Tzedakah

    By Barry A. Fisher

    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...
  • Wiesenthal Report:

    By Tom Tugend

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish refugees fortunate enough to make it into Switzerlandduring World War II, were, in most cases, interned in forced-laborcamps, required to perform hard physical labor under primitive livingconditions, and separated from their families.

    By 1944, the Swiss had established about...

  • The Swiss Spin

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Swiss Ambassador Alfred Defago

    Has unremitting pressure on the Swiss government and its banks byAmerican Jewish organizations and supportive politicians becomecounterproductive, or will only constant prodding move the Swiss todo the right thing?

    The question is being spurred by a newly...

  • Switzerland’s

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo ID card of Gertrud Levy.

    Switzerland's

    'Blood Money'

    By Tom Tugend,

    Contributing Editor

    About the time one is tempted to feel a wee bit sorry for the Swiss over the barrage of flak they're now getting, along comes a new probe of the country's conduct during World War II to set...

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