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90_SJ0024 LRB9005446KBkbA 1 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, Recent published reports have indicated that 3 before and during World War II money and assets taken from 4 Jewish captives of Nazi Germany were deposited into Swiss 5 bank accounts; and 6 WHEREAS, An attempt is being made by the Swiss government 7 and the banks of Switzerland to establish a foundation to 8 make amends for their country's dealings with Nazi Germany; 9 and 10 WHEREAS, The Illinois General Assembly welcomes the 11 establishment of a Humanitarian Fund for Holocaust Victims by 12 Switzerland's three largest banks. Their action represents a 13 hopeful sign of Swiss determination to resolve fully and 14 fairly the matter of missing Jewish assets deposited into 15 Swiss banks before and during World War II; and 16 WHEREAS, A full page advertisement in the Swiss press is 17 recent testimony to the wish of many citizens that their 18 nation move firmly in the direction of compensation. The ad, 19 a petition by more than one hundred Swiss academics and 20 artists demanding that Switzerland and its people acknowledge 21 their moral obligations toward Jewish groups, reportedly 22 generated an outpouring of support from Switzerland's leaders 23 to address the issue of public attitudes towards Jews, the 24 Holocaust, and the past in a serious way, including education 25 which raises issues concerning the moral dilemmas facing 26 Switzerland during and after the war; and 27 WHEREAS, Two commissions have been established by the 28 Swiss government to investigate Switzerland's wartime 29 dealings that can illuminate the process. The General 30 Assembly believes the establishment of these commissions 31 further reflects Swiss recognition of a moral obligation to 32 uncover the truth, especially in light of the advanced age of -2- LRB9005446KBkbA 1 the Holocaust survivor population; therefore, be it 2 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 3 OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 4 CONCURRING HEREIN, that we call for the Swiss government to 5 make clear, unequivocal, and forceful statements to the Swiss 6 citizenry condemning any expressions of anti-Semitism in 7 Switzerland; and be it further 8 RESOLVED, That the General Assembly, along with the 9 United States government and the organized Jewish community, 10 welcomes the establishment of a Humanitarian Fund for 11 Holocaust Victims by Switzerland's three largest banks; and 12 be it further 13 RESOLVED, That the General Assembly joins with the United 14 States government and the organized Jewish community in a 15 call for a full and honest accounting concerning unclaimed 16 funds and for adherence by all to the highest ethical 17 standards in advancing a just and moral resolution that will 18 serve the interests of all parties involved; and be it 19 further 20 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be 21 presented to the Illinois Congressional delegation, the 22 United States Secretary of State, and the Counsel General of 23 Switzerland located in Chicago, Illinois.
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