Swiss And The Nazis

Author: Stephen Halbrook
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612000290
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While surrounded by the Axis powers in World War II, Switzerland remained democratic and, unlike most of Europe, never succumbed to the siren songs and threats of the Nazi goliath. This book tells the story with emphasis on two voices rarely heard. One voice is that of scores of Swiss who lived in those dark years, told through oral history. They mobilized to defend the country, labored on the farms, and helped refugees. The other voice is that of Nazi Intelligence, those who spied on the Swiss and planned subversion and invasion. Exhaustive documents from the German military archives reveals a chilling rendition of attack plans which would be dissuaded in part by Switzerland's armed populace and Alpine defenses. Laced with unique maps and photos, the book is organized into four units. The first, A War of Words and Nerves, depicts how the Swiss mobilized an active "spiritual defense" of their country. Chapters describe jokes and slurs the Swiss devised to characterize the "Nazi pigs," the use of the press and cabaret as weapons against totalitarianism, and the role of Swiss newsreels in building the spirit of resistance. German prewar subversion plans are also revealed. The second unit, To Resist to the Death, concerns military preparations. Swiss soldiers recall an epoch when every day could have been "the day" when all hell would break lose and they would meet the enemy. Blitzkrieg plans against Switzerland devised by the German Wehrmacht in 1940 are described in detail. Switzerland was an armed camp with countless fortifications, against which the Axis could have attempted access with extreme costs in blood. In Switzerland, Jews -- like all other citizens -- were in arms, and Jewish officers served in the highest levels of the Swiss army. Struggle for Survival: Food, Fuel and Fear, the third unit, presents oral histories of daily life during the war with its shortages, alarms, and rumors. The role of women in the military and the economy are probed. A chapter on the refugee crisis investigates whether Swiss officials played a role in Germany's adoption of the "J" stamp on Jewish passports, how Switzerland became a lifeboat for refugees, and how asylum policies were liberalized as the persecution of Jews escalated. Espionage and Subversion, the fourth and final unit, covers strategic issues and intelligence activities. German attack plans and bickering in the Gestapo about who would rule a conquered Switzerland persisted. One chapter focuses on Davos, where the Swiss struggled against a Fifth Column and which became a safe haven for American airmen whose crippled bombers made it to Swiss territory. The last chapter profiles Switzerland as America's window on the Reich -- how Allen Dulles and his OSS spied on the Nazis, at times with help from Swiss Intelligence. Halbrook's other books include the award-winning Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II, which was published in five languages.

Nazi Gold

Author: Tom Bower
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504043243
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A “compelling [and] carefully researched” account of greed, duplicity, and an unholy partnership between Switzerland and the Third Reich (The Washington Times). In the third and fourth decades of the twentieth century, the European continent fell, nation by nation, to Nazi Germany’s invincible war machine. But Switzerland remained neutral during World War II, taking no side and bowing to no master. For a long time after, that was the accepted history—but it was a lie. Respected British investigative journalist Tom Bower reveals the shocking truth about how the government of Switzerland and the Swiss banking industry knowingly collaborated with the Reich during the darkest era in modern history. With the knowledge and acquiescence of the Swiss government, hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from Jewish Holocaust victims—including gold teeth extracted from the mouths of those murdered—were systematically hidden away in Swiss bank accounts. But these crimes did not end with the defeat of Hitler. For the next half century, Swiss authorities engaged in a covert campaign of lies, subterfuge, and corruption to hide the wealth from its rightful owners—concentration camp survivors and the families of the slain—while freely dispensing the illegally obtained funds to fugitive Nazis. Written by “one of the finest investigative journalists in the English-speaking world,” Nazi Gold is an explosive true account of state-endorsed crimes and atrocities; of former victims fighting courageously for their due in the face of prejudice, hatred, and indifference; and of the dedicated US Treasury agents who worked tirelessly for decades to right an unconscionable wrong (The Washington Times).

Hitler S Secret Bankers

Author: Adam LeBor
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780671033958
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HITLER'S SECRET BANKERS reveals how the Swiss banks profited from Nazi genocide. Recent press stories showed that Swiss banks are sitting on millions deposited by Jews before the Second World War. Ever since, they have been stonewalling attempts by relatives of Holocaust victims to claim this money. But these are small amounts compared to the Nazi gold that flowed through Swiss banks - gold which was looted from occupied countries and even from the corpses of dead Jews. The Swiss banks played a vital role in financing the Nazi war machine. And while the Swiss were profiting from the results of Nazi genocide, the government was also refusing entry to Jewish refugees, effectively condemning them to death. With the recent declassification of US intelligence documents the whole shameful history of Swiss/Nazi collaboration has been uncovered, striking at the very heart of the Swiss ideal of neutrality.

Hitler S Silent Partners

Author: Isabel Vincent
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307366456
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Award-winning journalist Isabel Vincent unravels the labyrinthine story behind the headlines by taking us through the life of survivor Renée Appel, who found refuge in Canada. With her, we come to understand what it means to wait for justice: how, on the eve of war, desperate men and women entrusted their life savings to Swiss banks; how Nazis laundered gold looted from Jewish families; how the demands of international business, Swiss bank secrecy, and greed kept the truth hidden for over half a century and still prevent restitution from being made. Hitler's Silent Partners is a rigorous and often heartbreaking look at statistics seldom given a human face. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Blood Money

Author: Tom Bower
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Adult MM
ISBN: 9780330353953
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This work reveals the role played by the Swiss banks and the Swiss government in exploiting World War II and the Holocaust to their financial advantage; a role which included helping the Nazis to hide and sell their loot siezed from occupied Europe, and stealing the deposits made in those banks by Jewish individuals and organizations. The book is supported by leading campaigners such as Senator d`Amato, Chairman of the US Banking Centre and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

The Swiss The Gold And The Dead

Author: Jean Ziegler
Publisher: Harcourt
ISBN:
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A Swiss sociologist examines the relationship between Swiss bankers and Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, detailing how Switzerland's leading financial institutions provided Hitler with loans, favorable foreign exchanges, and the means to launder gold looted from concentration camp victims. 25,000 first printing.

The Devouring

Author: James R. Benn
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616957743
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A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis in World War II, and US Army detective Billy Boyle is called to investigate. Europe, 1944: Captain Billy Boyle and his friend Lieutenant Piotr “Kaz” Kazimierz are sent to neutral Switzerland to work with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), investigating Swiss banks that are laundering looted Nazi gold. The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, stemming the tide of looted gold, and preventing postwar use of Nazi wealth by war criminals. With the talks about to begin and the Gestapo ever present, the OSS wants Billy and Kaz to protect the participants, which turns out to be a very deadly task. The plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crashland in France. As they make their way through occupied territory to the border, they meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. They’ll need his help, because as they find once they make it across the border, Swiss banks are openly laundering gold “harvested” from concentration camps, and those who are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.

Unholy Trinity

Author: Mark Aarons
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312181994
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From the authors of the bestselling "The Secret War Against the Jews" comes an explosive work that explores the links between the Vatican and the Nazis. Featuring startling new information, "Unholy Trinity" redefines the Catholic Church's role in twentieth-century history. of photos.

Between The Alps And A Hard Place

Author: Angelo M. Codevilla
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1621571289
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In Between the Alps and a Hard Place, Professor Angelo M. Codevilla reveals how the true history of the Swiss in World War II has been buried beneath a modern campaign of moral blackmail that has accused Switzerland of secretly supporting Nazi Germany and sharing culpability for the Holocaust.