World Report

World Report

Nestle is crunching on restitution ruling ZURICH (JTA) — The Nestle food company said it will contribute to a $1.25 billion settlement reached between Holocaust survivors and Swiss banks, but on one condition. The Switzerland-based company said it wants the U.S. judge who approved the settlement earlier this week to protect Swiss companies that employed forced laborers at their German units. Nestle used such laborers at several small subsidiaries in Nazi Germany. Meanwhile, several Swiss firms admitted Monday that they may have in fact used forced labor during World War II. These companies have until Aug. 25 to hand over data about forced labor in order to be included in a $1.25 billion settlement for Holocaust victims and be shielded from future litigation. Diver to search ship sailed by descendants? ISTANBUL (JTA) — A British diver is preparing an expedition to determine whether a shipwreck discovered off Istanbul's coast is the remains of a vessel carrying Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust that was torpedoed and sunk. Earlier this month, Turkish divers said they located the remnants of the Struma, believed to have sunk following a Russian torpedo in February 1942, killing 778 people. The grandparents of British diver Greg Buxton were among the passengers, mainly Jews from Romania, who had boarded the steamer. Another Russian Jew charged with fraud MOSCOW (JTA) — The leader of the Jewish community in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk was arrested July 27 for alleged embezzlement. The charges against Gennady Rubin, a banker who heads the local branch of the Russian Jewish Congress, are the same as those recently dropped against Vladimir Goussinsky, the group's president. Germany responding to right-wing assaults BERLIN (JTA) — German officials drafted plans for a crackdown on right-wing violence after Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer suggested many citizens may be aiding a spate recent attacks by not speaking out against it. A pipe bomb exploded Monday in the eastern town of Straslund, causing damage but no injuries. The blast followed a July 27 bombing in Dusseldorf that injured several Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

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