Nazi survivors get Swiss francs


Singen, Germany - Gypsies who survived Nazi slaughter during the second World War started getting payments from Switzerland's Holocaust memorial fund yesterday.

At a ceremony in southern Germany, officials from the 280 million Swiss franc (£137 million) humanitarian fund presented symbolic payments of 2,420 marks each to three gypsies who were thrown into concentration camps in their youth. Thousands more gypsies have filed claims to the fund, set up by Swiss banks and businesses last year to counter accusations that the Swiss profited from the war.