Senate Banking Committee Chairman Alfonse M. D'Amato sharply criticized Swiss banks Wednesday for the way they have handled the assets of Holocaust victims.

Testifying before the House Banking Committee, the New York Republican noted that $2 million was paid to 961 claimants in 1962 after the Swiss Parliament ordered banks to search for Holocaust victims' funds. In 1995, responding to pressure from the World Jewish Congress, another search through Swiss banks found $31.9 million in 774 dormant accounts.

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