American Jews believe that Switzerland is withholding information about its dealings with Nazi Germany and a majority favor prodding the Swiss government with boycotts and demonstrations, according to a new survey.
Seventy-two percent of Jews polled said they thought the Swiss were being uncooperative in accounting for World War II-era dealings with the Nazis, the American Jewish Committee said Monday.
Asked about options for getting the Swiss to open up, 86 percent said they support quiet U.S. diplomacy, but 55 percent also would support public protests and demonstrations and 53 percent said yes to sanctions and boycotts against Swiss banks and companies.
At the same time, the general attitude toward Switzerland was either positive or neutral. Eleven percent said their feelings toward the country were very favorable, 23 percent somewhat favorable and 34 percent neutral.
Only 24 percent said they were somewhat unfavorable and 7 percent very unfavorable.
The telephone poll of 1,001 Jews was done by Market Facts from Feb. 19 to March 8.