Swiss appoint Elie Wiesel to Holocaust fund board
May 1, 1997
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BERN, Switzerland (CNN) -- The Swiss cabinet has formally
appointed three non-Swiss Jews, including Nobel winner Elie
Wiesel, to a board overseeing a Swiss fund for Holocaust
victims, the government said Thursday. Wiesel will have the
title "doyen international chairman" but no special powers,
said Foreign Minister Flavio Cotti.
Wiesel, a Nobel Prize laureate and concentration camp
survivor, was named along with two Israelis: Josef Burg, a
former Israeli minister, and Avraham Hirschson, a member of
the Israeli Knesset's restitution committee. The board's four
other members are Swiss.
All needy Holocaust survivors are eligible to apply to the
fund for financial aid. The fund, being set up with 265
million Swiss francs ($180 million) donated by Swiss banks
and industry, is separate from a 7 billion Swiss franc fund
which the Swiss government wants to set up, using money taken
from revaluing Swiss gold reserves.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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