http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/ ... 965491.stmManagers of the fund set up in Switzerland five years ago to help survivors of the Holocaust, say they have completed their work and have been giving details of the money handed out.
The fund was set up at the height of the controversy over Switzerland's financial activities during and after World War II - in particular its handling of dormant accounts belonging to Holocaust victims.
Switzerland insists that the fund was not an acceptance of liability for what happened, but its winding up marks the end of a difficult chapter in Switzerland's post-war history.
Over the past five years, about $180m has been handed out to more than 300,000 needy Holocaust survivors around the world, fund managers revealed.
Most of the money has gone to people in Eastern Europe.
Although four fifths of the recipients were Jews. Other groups who were persecuted by the Nazis, such as homosexuals and members of the Romany community, also received payments.
The fund was set up and received contributions from Swiss banks and Swiss businesses.
The government said it was a gesture of solidarity, and should not be seen as compensation.
Nevertheless, the controversy marked a change in Switzerland's perception of its wartime history, and raised questions among the Swiss population over how ethical its neutrality really was.
The fund will now be wound up.
But the separate and much larger settlement of $1.25bn which was agreed between lawyers acting for holocaust survivors and for two major Swiss banks has still to be paid out.
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