Come And Get It

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ZURICH, Switzerland: Swiss banks today published multi-page ads in major newspapers from New York to London to Moscow, listing WWII-era depositors in the hopes of reuniting holocaust survivors and their relatives with long-lost money. The lists are an unprecedented step for the famously discreet Swiss banks, and certainly a nifty PR move, coinciding today with the Swiss Bankers Association's announcement that it had found $15 million more that may have belonged to Holocaust victims. Ex-Fed chairman Paul Volcker, who heads an international body charged with tracking missing Holocaust assets, says a new list to be released in October will name not only foreign depositors but Swiss nationals who may have acted as agents for Holocaust victims or even Nazis. "I think there could be a large amount of plunder that was deposited by Nazis in Switzerland," Volcker said. In The New York Times' ad, about 2,000 names from Aalberts to Zwick were spread across nearly two pages of small type. Most are listed with full names, along with the city and country of residence, though some listings are incomplete. The ad also provides instructions for making claims, promising that "relaxed standards of proof" will apply.