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Swiss clear people who helped Jews flee

2011-12-30 07:36

Geneva - A Swiss government commission is drawing to a close after clearing the names of 137 people judged to be criminals because they helped Jews escape Nazi persecution during World War II.

The commission was set up at the start of 2004 to use a new law on "rehabilitation".

The law allowed for posthumous recognition of people unfairly criminalised under Swiss laws on neutrality because they smuggled Jewish refugees across borders between 1938 and 1945.

Some were jailed or fined, and many lost jobs.

The commission, mandated to end in 2011, said its aim was to repair the damage caused by a "grave injustice" of history.

Only one person, Aimee Stitelman of Geneva, lived long enough to see her name cleared in 2004, and died months later.

Comments
  • Kevin - 2011-12-30 08:21

    They waited so long because they wanted to keep their collusion with Nazi Germany a secret as long as possible. The Swiss let themselves down, they let Europe, let Germany down, let the Jews down and most of all showed a lack of humanity and compassion. It is a trait they show no signs of changing, they had to be forced to give up funds placed in their banks to the survivors of the holocaust. They continued in this behaviour by allowing the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to keep their money in Switzerland no questions asked.

  • Anthony - 2011-12-30 09:17

    Who the hell are you kidding 66 years. I think you lost the plot. too late to wake up now

  • Harry - 2011-12-30 09:26

    They Swiss worked closely with the apartheid regime as well-"And by looking the other way, Swiss political circles and the government were able to work closely with the regime: swapping military pilots, holding frequent meetings between secret services and even delivering equipment for six atomic bombs that Pretoria later confessed to have built. So they've been at it supporting the White minority as well

      Ianm - 2011-12-30 10:35

      And now the corrupt black politicians s well. From all across Africa

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