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The Swiss, The Gold and The Dead: How Swiss Bankers Helped Finance the Nazi War Machine

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Recent startling revelations that Switzerland helped to bankroll Nazi Germany's war effort, and Swiss intransigence in the face of redress claims by Holocaust survivors, have shaken Switerland's international reputation. In this uncompromising account, leading Swiss sociologist Jean Ziegler closely examines the shady relationship between Swiss bankers and Nazi Germany. ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 1997)
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Booknerd Fraser
The subject matter is interesting, if very depressing and infuriating. My only really complaint is a structural one. Being a polemic, it can be a bit repetitive. Sometimes the author will mention something and not explain it, only to explain it later...
Rob Kitchin
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Switzerland, despite being neutral, played an important role in the Second World War. A very profitable role. Through both its national and private banks it helped finance the Nazi war machine by laundering German and looted gold and allowing them to purchase much needed raw materials from other countries. Manganese, tungsten, chromium, iron ore and diamonds, all essential for armament manufacture, and oil vital for logistics, all had to be bought on the world market and imported, in a market ...more
Bob
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
For those people who think the Swiss are above reproach and a noble people they should read this book. It is a little dated published in the late 90's but still provides great insight into how they conducted themselves during WWII.
Christopher Roth
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to read this book, because I was in the midst of it when the election happened and, as a dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States, I didn't feel up to being overwhelmed with shame for two nationalities at the same time, so I had to set this aside for a while. But it is a passionate, well researched, solid piece of scholarship which makes it absolutely clear that the Swiss government violated international law to prop up the Nazi regime, extending the war and causing ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, world-war-ii
When the Nazis came to power many Jews looked for ways to protect their financial assets. The Swiss banks opened accounts for many. This work is a study of the practice and the difficulty that survivors of the holocaust faced trying to reclaim money from Swiss banks. This is an informative historical read similar to the story of IBM.
Cyndi
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I read it years ago in order to have some historical context prior to moving to Switzerland. A quick and informative read.
Lionel Burman
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find it incredible that I knew about this book only this year; I had a reasonable idea of the history it recounts, but this book was a revelation.
The original edition is in German, but I read French more easily (there is an English edition, but available only in the US.
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