Inside a Class Action: The Holocaust and the Swiss Banks

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byJane Schapiro

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On October 21, 1996, attorney Michael Hausfeld, with a team of lawyers, filed a class-action complaint against Union Bank of Switzerland, Swiss Bank Corporation, and Credit Suisse on behalf of Holocaust victims. The suit accused the banks of, among other things, acting as the chief financiers for Nazi Germany. On August 12, 1998, the plaintiffs and banks reached a $1.25 billion settlement.
            Through detailed research, court transcripts, and interviews with politicians, attorneys, historians, and survivors, Jane Schapiro shows how egos, personalities, and values clashed in this complex and emotionally charged case. Inside a Class Action provides an insider's view of a major lawsuit from its inception to its conclusion and will appeal to anyone interested in human rights, reparations, and international law.

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On October 21, 1996, attorney Michael Hausfeld, with a team of lawyers, filed a class-action complaint against Union Bank of Switzerland, Swiss Bank Corporation, and Credit Suisse on behalf of Holocaust victims. The suit accused the banks of, among other things, acting as the chief financiers for Nazi Germany. On August 12, 1998, the p...

Jane Schapiro is the author of a volume of poetry, Tapping This Stone, and a chapbook, Mrs. Cave's House. Her essays and poems have appeared in publications such as The American Book Review, The American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, The Sun, and Yankee. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299193349

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Winds of Truth
2 Looking Back
3 Plaintiffs Speak
4 The Devil’s Bridge
5 An Uneasy Alliance
6 A Rough Calculation
7 Arguments and Motions
8 The Hearing
9 Stucki’s Ghost
10 A Victims’ Fund
11 A Separate Peace
12 Money Dance
13 An Accounting
14 The Reckoning
Epilogue
Postscript
Notes
For Further Reading
Index

Editorial Reviews

"In her fascinating and moving book . . . Jane Schapiro, who attended the court hearings, Senate and House Banking Committee hearings and press conferences, provides a well-documented account of the litigation itself. Her first-hand knowledge of these lawsuits is masterful."—Barbara S. Cohen, Jewish Book World