who saved Holocaust files gets
ANGELES -- A liberal-arts university
that stresses "global citizenship" has
awarded a four-year scholarship to
Christoph Meili, the Swiss bank
guard who lost his job and won U.S.
asylum after saving Holocaust-era
documents from the shredder.
30, will enroll next fall at
3,700-student Chapman University in
Orange, Calif., where tuition costs
$18,000 a year. Chapman was one of
three southern California schools
offering Meili a full scholarship, says
William Elperin, president of a
Holocaust survivors' group that will
pay living expenses for Meili and his
see a future in my life here in the
United States," Meili says.
January 1997, Meili was making night
rounds at the United Bank of
Switzerland's Zurich headquarters
when he discovered illegal shredding
of documents relating to Nazi
seizures of Berlin properties from
Jews. Meili's whistle-blowing played
a key role in a $1.23-billion
settlement reached between Swiss
banks and Holocaust survivors, their
families and Jewish groups.
as a traitor in Swiss news media and
subjected to death threats, Meili in
April 1997 decided against returning to
Switzerland after testifying before the
U.S. Senate in Washington.
Clinton signed special legislation
granting residency to Meili, his
Italian-born wife, Giuseppina, and
their children, Mirjam, now 6, and
worked as a security guard in a
Manhattan high-rise, but recently quit
when he accepted Chapman's offer.