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BRAMA, August 30, 2000, 9:00am EDT


Attorneys Question Fairness of Swiss Bank Holocaust Settlement

Nestle AG, the well known food and candy conglomerate, announced Monday it would contribute 25 million Swiss francs ($14.6 million) to a settlement between the Swiss banks and Jewish organizations covering Holocaust-related legal claims. Jonathan Levy, an attorney for several Ukrainian organizations is questioning the distribution of those funds. Levy has opposed the virtual exclusion of non-Jewish victims from the Swiss bank settlement. Levy now is concerned that the fifteen Ukrainian former slave laborers he represents, who worked at a Nestle controlled Maggi factory in Nazi Germany will get a fair deal. "The Jewish organizations have been less than keen on sharing their largess with non-Jewish victims," said Levy, "I am worried about my Ukrainian clients being properly compensated."

Levy and California attorney Tom Easton have also been critical of the Swiss bank settlement excluding Serbs. "Serbs were the victims of incredible religious persecution in Nazi controlled Croatia, over a half million were murdered between 1941 and 1945,""say Easton and Levy, who have documents tracing Croatian wartime deposits of gold and other victim loot to the Swiss National Bank. The attorneys have lodged a lawsuit with a San Francisco Federal Court to add the Swiss National Bank as a defendant to an already pending class action against the Vatican bank and a Roman Catholic religious order who stand accused of postwar money laundering of plunder taken from Serb, Jewish, and Gypsy concentration camp victims in Croatia and Bosnia.

For more information see http://www.vaticanbankclaims.com

or contact:

Jonathan Levy
Law Offices of Tom Easton and Jonathan Levy
Cincinnati, OH
USA
(513) 528-0586

Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor
Class Action Litigation
 
Present status of the German settlement
[ENGLISH] [UKRAINIAN]
· German Settlement Documents
· International Organization for Migration (IOM) Forced Labor Website IOM Holocaust Victim Assets Programme (Swiss Banks) and German Forced Labour Compensation Programme

· Austrian Settlement Documents
· Austrian Application Notice

 
· Forced/Slave Labor Homepage
· Brama's UkraiNewstand
· News and Related Forced Labor & Holocaust Assets sites
 
Press Releases
· Sep 27 02 - US Court Increases Payments Under Swiss Banks Settlement; IOM will increase by 45% the amounts distributed to members of Slave Labour Class I and the Refugee Class [IOM]
· Sep 23 02 - IOM Pays Slave Labourers Under Swiss Banks Settlement: 436 members of certain persecuted groups have received full payment for their claims [IOM]
· Jul 26 02 - Extended Hotline Hours Improve IOM Service for German Forced Labor Claimants [IOM]
· Jun 15 02 - 17,000 slave and forced laborers worldwide have received first payments through IOM [IOM]
· Feb 7 02 - Many Claimants Lack Sufficient Documentation [IOM]
· Feb 1 02 - UECC (Philadelphia) is processing applications for Austrian Compensation
· Jan 30 02 - IOM paid almost 10 percent of presumably eligible claims
· Aug 22 01 - New Filing Deadline For Claims Under Swiss Banks Settlement
· May 10 01 - Judge Kram grants Central and East European countries request for emergency relief
· Mar 13 01 - IOM is ready to make payments but Recent US Court decision may further delay compensation
· Mar 7 01 - Judge’s decision not to dismiss Holocaust banking cases should not deter forced laborers from filing applications
· Mar 7 01 - U.S. Court Decision on Holocaust-Era Payments
· Jan 17 01 - Ukrainian American lawyer receives Presidential recognition
· Oct 29 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Compensation Agreements Signed
· Oct 29 00 - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Maidannyk's speech at the signing of the Ukrainian-Austrian agreements
· Oct 18 00 - Update on German and Austrian Forced Labor Class Action Litigation
· Oct 18 00 - Остання інформація стосовно проблеми вирішення колективного позову, заявленого колишніми примусовими працівниками (UkrCP1251)
· Jul 19 00 - Forced/Slave Labor Accord Signed After Lengthy Negotiations
· May 22 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Negotiations Progress Quickly
· Apr 21 00 - Questions regarding applying for forced labor compensation
· Mar 28 00 - AGREEMENT REACHED ON ALLOCATION OF THE GERMAN SLAVE-FORCED LABOR SETTLEMENT
· Jan 5 00 - Slave/forced Labor Settlement Reached
· Nov 30 99 - German Forced Labor Settlement at a Crossroads
· Oct 10 99 - Germans offer 6 Billion Marks as compensation to WW II victims
· Sept 15 99, Press Release - Appeal to Ukrainian Forced/Slave Laborers
· Aug 30 99, Press Release - GERMAN FORCED/SLAVE LABOR COMPENSATION NEGOTIATIONS TO CONTINUE IN OCTOBER
· Aug 15 99, Press Release - Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor Class Action Litigation
· Aug 12 99, Press Release - Reparations Sought by Ukrainian Slave Laborers
 


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