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A Final Accounting: Holocaust Survivors and Swiss Banks

by Leonard Orland

Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Pages: 644
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781594607691






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Overview of A Final Accounting: Holocaust Survivors and Swiss Banks

Between 1939 and 1945, the Nazis murdered six million Jews in the Holocaust and looted Jewish assets currently valued at between $230 billion and $320 billion. As Hitler's power grew, many Jewish families and businesses took advantage of the promise of secrecy and protection and deposited their funds in Swiss banks. For over half of a century, these funds remained in Swiss banks, protected by a veil of Swiss banking secrecy, concealed by coordinated bank obfuscation. In 1996 and 1997, Holocaust survivors' class actions lawsuits against leading Swiss banking institutions were assigned to Chief Judge Edward R. Korman, who has written an introduction to this volume. In 2000, Judge Korman approved an historic settlement of $1.25 billion. Judge Korman's opinions were affirmed on seven occasions by the Second Circuit. Judge Jose Cabranes, who has written a preface to the volume, was a member of each appellate panel. A Final Accounting introduces, organizes, explains, and evaluates this complex litigation, frames the case in a larger historical and jurisprudential context and examines the limits of court awards as an instrument to rectify horrific wrongs.

Synopsis of A Final Accounting: Holocaust Survivors and Swiss Banks

Between 1939 and 1945, the Nazis murdered six million Jews in the Holocaust and looted Jewish assets currently valued at between $230 billion and $320 billion. As Hitler's power grew, many Jewish families and businesses took advantage of the promise of secrecy and protection and deposited their funds in Swiss banks. For over half of a century, these funds remained in Swiss banks, protected by a veil of Swiss banking secrecy, concealed by coordinated bank obfuscation. In 1996 and 1997, Holocaust survivors' class actions lawsuits against leading Swiss banking institutions were assigned to Chief Judge Edward R. Korman, who has written an introduction to this volume. In 2000, Judge Korman approved an historic settlement of $1.25 billion. Judge Korman's opinions were affirmed on seven occasions by the Second Circuit. Judge Jose Cabranes, who has written a preface to the volume, was a member of each appellate panel. A Final Accounting introduces, organizes, explains, and evaluates this complex litigation, frames the case in a larger historical and jurisprudential context and examines the limits of court awards as an instrument to rectify horrific wrongs.

About the Author, Leonard Orland

Leonard Orland is a professor at University of Connecticut School of Law.

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