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The Jewish Free Press of Calgary, September 3, 1998 (Extract)


by Julia Goldmar

Concern over Swiss settlement: Will money be the last word on the Shoah?

Stuart Eizenstat, the Clinton administration's point man on Holocaust restitution, stressed that Holocaust education in Europe would be one of the most important outgrowths of the settlement, because "it will outlive the survivors and all of us."

This will lead to more "sensitive and moral" people in the future and "more just policies by countries," Eizenstat, US undersecretary of state for economic affairs, said in a telephone interview following the Swiss agreements.

Establishing Holocaust education in schools is one of the projects the state department is "most pushing for" as it pursues settlements with America's European allies, Eizenstat said.

Were it not for the proliferation in recent years of Holocaust institutions and educational programs in the United States, others point out, the current claims would never have received the support of American politicians whose efforts in Congress and at the state and local levels brought pressure upon the Swiss banks to settle.

Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network, a group that develops continuity programs, called the restitution efforts made by national and local politicians a "moral breakthrough."

"People are now in favor of memory instead of against it," Greenberg said. "It means we really got the message across."

Greenberg, who also is a member of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, said the Swiss banks settlement "will be a further stimulus to preserving the memory of the systematic murder of six million Jews."


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