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Hitler's secret bankers : the myth of Swiss neutrality during the Holocaust / Adam LeBor.

By: LeBor, Adam.
Contributor(s): Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, ©1997Description: xxiv, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1559724218; 9781559724210.Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) | World War (1939-1945) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- Switzerland | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Economic aspects | Jewish property -- Switzerland | Jews -- Europe -- Claims | Banks and banking -- Corrupt practices -- Switzerland | Money laundering -- Switzerland | Switzerland -- Foreign economic relations -- Germany | Germany -- Foreign economic relations -- Switzerland | Banks and banking -- Corrupt practices | Economics | International economic relations | Jewish property | Jews | Money laundering | Europe | Germany | Switzerland | Corruption -- Suisse | Juifs -- Europe | Banques suisses | Guerre mondiale (1939-1945) -- Aspect économique -- Suisse | Shoah -- Aspect économique | Suisse -- Relations économiques extérieures -- Allemagne | Allemagne -- Relations économiques extérieures -- Suisse | Switzerland -- Foreign economic relations -- Germany | Germany -- Foreign economic relations -- Switzerland | 1939-1945Genre/Form: Claims.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Hitler's secret bankers.DDC classification: 940.53/25494
Contents:
1. A Trust Betrayed -- 2. Looting a Continent -- 3. The Financiers of Genocide -- 4. Capital uber Alles: The Bank of International Settlements -- 5. Whose Safehaven? -- 6. The Art of Economic Camouflage -- 7. The Boat Is Full -- 8. A Nest of Spies -- 9. Dealing With the Devil -- 10. Back to the Future.
Review: "There were no death certificates issued at Auschwitz. But Swiss bankers still demand them before handing over the assets of account holders killed in the Holocaust to their surviving relatives. The Jews of eastern Europe - and many in the west - entrusted their families' wealth to what they hoped would be a safe haven, the banks of Switzerland. Even if they died, their money would eventually be recovered by their surviving relatives, they believed. They were wrong. Millions of dollars, deposited decades ago in good faith by Jews who were to die in the Nazi genocide, are still in the vaults, earning interest and providing working capital for Swiss banks, say Jewish organizations and Holocaust survivors." "But the Swiss bankers' role as financiers to the Third Reich goes far beyond the dispute over dormant accounts. Based on newly declassified documents and archival research in Washington, London, and Jerusalem, Hitler's Secret Bankers reveals the full, hitherto unknown extent of Swiss economic collaboration with the Nazis. Swiss banks were the key foreign-currency providers of the Nazi war machine, and the Spanish pesetas and Portuguese escudos they provided paid for vital war materiel such as chrome and aluminum." "Recently declassified documents show how Swiss banks, for all their declarations of neutrality, knowingly accepted stolen gold - estimated to be worth between $200 million and $400 million - from the Nazis. One document, entitled "Allied Claims Against the Swiss for the Return of Looted Gold," also says that the Swiss National Bank "washed," as it puts, $100 million of looted gold by sending it to Portugal and Spain." "Hitler's Secret Bankers also reveals the details of the secret Nazi plan to launch an underground economic Fourth Reich at the war's end and exposes the links between Nazi intelligence chief Walter Schellenberg and his Swiss counterpart Roger Masson."--Jacket.
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HC58 .L39 1997 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002322980

Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-254) and index.

"There were no death certificates issued at Auschwitz. But Swiss bankers still demand them before handing over the assets of account holders killed in the Holocaust to their surviving relatives. The Jews of eastern Europe - and many in the west - entrusted their families' wealth to what they hoped would be a safe haven, the banks of Switzerland. Even if they died, their money would eventually be recovered by their surviving relatives, they believed. They were wrong. Millions of dollars, deposited decades ago in good faith by Jews who were to die in the Nazi genocide, are still in the vaults, earning interest and providing working capital for Swiss banks, say Jewish organizations and Holocaust survivors." "But the Swiss bankers' role as financiers to the Third Reich goes far beyond the dispute over dormant accounts. Based on newly declassified documents and archival research in Washington, London, and Jerusalem, Hitler's Secret Bankers reveals the full, hitherto unknown extent of Swiss economic collaboration with the Nazis. Swiss banks were the key foreign-currency providers of the Nazi war machine, and the Spanish pesetas and Portuguese escudos they provided paid for vital war materiel such as chrome and aluminum." "Recently declassified documents show how Swiss banks, for all their declarations of neutrality, knowingly accepted stolen gold - estimated to be worth between $200 million and $400 million - from the Nazis. One document, entitled "Allied Claims Against the Swiss for the Return of Looted Gold," also says that the Swiss National Bank "washed," as it puts, $100 million of looted gold by sending it to Portugal and Spain." "Hitler's Secret Bankers also reveals the details of the secret Nazi plan to launch an underground economic Fourth Reich at the war's end and exposes the links between Nazi intelligence chief Walter Schellenberg and his Swiss counterpart Roger Masson."--Jacket.

1. A Trust Betrayed -- 2. Looting a Continent -- 3. The Financiers of Genocide -- 4. Capital uber Alles: The Bank of International Settlements -- 5. Whose Safehaven? -- 6. The Art of Economic Camouflage -- 7. The Boat Is Full -- 8. A Nest of Spies -- 9. Dealing With the Devil -- 10. Back to the Future.

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Library Journal Review

LeBor, the central European correspondent for the London Times, has added another book to the growing list about the conduct of Swiss bankers in connection with the Holocaust. Based in Budapest, LeBor usually writes about Hungarian affairs, and it shows here. His opening chapters describe German atrocities in Hungary during World War II, which is compelling reading but doesn't have much to do with the grotesque behavior of the Swiss bankers during and after the war. LeBor's subsequent account of the United States's wartime involvement with the Swiss and the Germans through the Bank for International Settlements makes for fascinating reading and could point to the next Holocaust banking scandal. Nevertheless, libraries will be better off with Tom Bower's Nazi Gold (LJ 5/15/97), which makes better use of primary sources and tells a more coherent story.‘Randall L. Schroeder, Wartburg Coll. Lib., Waverly, Ia. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Adam LeBor is the former Central European correspondent for the Times of London and the Jewish Chronicle. He lives in Budapest

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