Progress made in resolving bank accounts of Holocaust victims
February 14, 1997
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Jewish, American, and Swiss leaders are hailing a movement from confrontation to cooperation in the debate over dormant Swiss bank accounts that once belonged to Holocaust victims.
"The mood has brightened," said World Jewish Congress President Edgar Bronfman Sr. Bronfman was among the leaders who met to discuss the restitution Friday.
Although no exact figures were decided on Friday, the leaders of the World Jewish Restitution Organization outlined a more concrete timetable for the process of restitution.
Also, it was learned that a $71 million humanitarian fund may start making payments as early as this summer. The fund has nothing to do with the dormant accounts; it is a gesture by the Swiss to provide some kind of relief to Holocaust victims' families.
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