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Tuesday, 10 February, 1998, 16:24 GMT
Swiss Holocaust fund pays Hungarian victims

A fund set up by Swiss banks and businesses to help survivors of the Nazi Holocaust has begun making payments in Hungary.

About twenty-thousand Hungarians are due to receive payments of several hundred dollars.

The fund -- worth one-hundred-and-ninety million dollars -- was set up a year ago, following an international outcry caused by allegations that Switzerland profited from dealings with the Nazis.

The fund started payments to elderly Jews in Latvia late last year.

Payments to survivors in other eastern European countries are to follow.

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