Hi there!

The following article tells about Switzerland in WW2. There are many interesting facts. People, whom I have told it, thought it was very interesting.

Please correct all mistakes when you are reading it. I am very thankful. If you have questions about anything in the text, or something else, feel free to ask.

Thank you!

Jake

Switzerland in World War Two

Although Switzerland had remained neutrality during World War II it was affected by the war’s terrible consequences: The economy was poor, people’s life was filled with fear, kitchen gardens were needed for the protection of hunger, and kids had to gather berries and wood in the forests.

My grandfather’s brother was sick with diabetes during that time. He knew a medicine was existing in the US which will cure him. Because of the war, however, it was not possible for him to get the life saving medicine and he had to die before he reached his 20th birthday.

"Why did Hitler not take Switzerland in WWII?

First it is necessary to say that Hitler always had wanted to capture Switzerland. He was talking fancy like, “Switzerland, the pimple in the middle of the face of Europe, I will take as well.” To conquer Switzerland, however, would have been impossible for Hitler. This is because Switzerland has an extremely difficult territory, an excellent military, and Switzerland was prepared with bunkers and other facilities for a war. The Swiss military would have blown up bridges, tunnels, roads, etc. So the aggressors were cut off from supplies and would not be able to retreat. In fact, Hitler would have needed huge quantities of soldiers, war equipment, and money, which he did not have.

The Swiss military had also the possibility to retreat in the mountains and fight the enemy form the ambush. The underground fortresses were filled with food and ammunition that would have last for years.

Hitler also knew Switzerland was able to cut off the transalpine connections (with blowing up the alp-passes) for ever. This would be a big detriment then Hitler and Mussolini had a close exchange of goods.

So, Hitler decided to conquer first all nations around Switzerland. Fortunately WW2 took another run.

“Billions, which belong to holocaust victims, are on Swiss banks“, claimed 1996 the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and pictures a bad image from Switzerland during the World War II. Switzerland could an accusation like the one above not tolerate. So it wrote an explicit rectification concerned to the accusation. The rectification, however, had been ignored by the WJC, authorities and media in the USA. Because of that, the “Volker-Kommission” had to search on more than four Million Swiss-bank accounts the Billions which belong, in accordance with the WJC, to holocaust victims. The commission had not found anything with signs of discrimination, abuses, or shredding of files. This whole process of searching cost a billion dollars, which was charged to the Swiss banks.

The Bank Deal of New York, which cost the banks around $ 2 billions, was completed without waiting for the correcting report of the “Volker-Kommission”. In view of loosing the business-relationships the banks had to pay. They had to let themselves blackmail."


Let's see how it should be...

Switzerland in World War Two

Although Switzerland had remained neutral during World War II, it was affected by the war’s terrible consequences: the economy was poor, people’s life was filled with fear, kitchen gardens were needed to keep hunger at bay, and kids had to gather berries and wood in the forests.

My grandfather’s brother was sick with diabetes at the time. He was certain that a cure existed in the USA which would help him. Because of the war, it was not possible for him to get the cure and he was due to die before he reached his 20th birthday.

"Why did Hitler not take Switzerland in WWII?


Firstly, it is necessary to admit that Hitler had always wanted to capture Switzerland. He was talking fancy, "Switzerland, the pimple in the middle of the face of Europe, I will take it as well." It was impossible for Hitler to even try to take over Switzerland. This was because Switzerland had an extremely complex terrain and excellent military forces at its disposal. Besides, it was supplied with bunkers and other facilities in case if Hitler would have only decided to get on with his promise. The Swiss military would have blown up bridges, tunnels, roads and would have done everything to make him feel sorry he dared to have made such an attempt. So the aggressors were cut off from supplies, unable to retreat. In fact, Hitler would have required far more resources to have been taken in earnest about his promise.

The Swiss military had also the possibility of retreating in the mountains and fight the enemy from the ambush. The underground fortresses were filled with food and ammunition that would have last for years.

Hitler also knew Switzerland would cut off the transalpine connections by blowing up the alp-passes to make it all the more worse for him. This would have been a big detriment for Hitler because he and Mussolini had a close exchange of goods.

At that, Hitler had decided to conquer all the countries that surrounded Switzerland first. Fortunately, WW2 turned out a different way and his goals were never to be accomplished.

"Billions, which belong to holocaust victims, are kept in Swiss banks." claimed the World Jewish Congress (WJC) during the assembly in 1996 featuring a terrible picture from Switzerland in time of the World War II. Switzerland could an accusation like the one above not tolerate. (read it again and again and try to work out the meaning) Switzerland couldn't help being addressed towards their liability in that way and sent an explicit rectification concerning the accusation. The rectification, however, hadn't been paid attention to by neither the WJC nor any of the authorities nor the US media. This made "Volker-Kommission" to check on more than four million Swiss-bank accounts in hope of finding out if any of the WJC's claims could be confirmed. The commission had not found anything that could have had any signs of discrimination, abuses or shredding of files. This whole process estimated non less than a billion dollars balance due, which was charged from the Swiss banks later on.

The Bank Deal of New York, which cost the banks around $2 billions, was completed without waiting for the correcting report of the "Volker-Kommission" to be handed in. In view of loosing the business-relationships the banks had to pay. They had to let themselves a blackmail."

Finally! :%

Let us make clear the last two paragraphs and get this over with. But I want loose Hitler and his deeds as I am no expert to tell you whether your account of the WW2 events is correct or not. I hardly managed to cope with your second paragraph from the bottom because without bringing corrections to it you wouldn't have even been able to assume what was going on there. I hope I got it right. From what I've read I understand that the WJC was quite keen on taking a few billions off the Swiss banks showing off some of the pictures of Switzerland in time of WW2 they had managed to get hold of and crying out for justice to be done. Furthermore, the WJC accused the Swiss banks of having kept all those billions away from their true holders. This made the Swiss government take on the issue and appeal to WJC but in vain. And finally, WJC claims were not confirmed with the search. With the last paragraph I have completely lost the thread.

The Bank Deal of New York, which cost the banks around $2 billions, was completed without waiting for the correcting report of the "Volker-Kommission". In view of loosing the business-relationships the banks had to pay. They had to let themselves blackmail.

Which banks? Did you mean the Swiss banks? What is 'The Bank Deal of New York'? Why did it cost 2 billion dollars to the Swiss banks (if that is what you meant)? Why were the Swiss banks made pay if the commission had found nothing? Whom were the Swiss-banks about to loose their business-relationships with? Was it WJC? i'd suggest you rewrite the last paragraph to make the meaning clearer. Honestly, Jake, I don't see the point of leaving all as is without making a thorough insight into your narrative. It's far from clean at the moment. Even if your eyes glide throught the first seven paragraphs like a knife through butter, the last one definitely makes them jump about and stop!

Unless you make it clear to me, i don't think i could help you any further.

Cheers,

David.





WOOOW!

David, thanks a million. Now, I realize how tough it was to correct my "essay". You did a great job.

Ok, let's start...

"Billions, which belong to holocaust victims, are kept in Swiss banks." claimed the World Jewish Congress (WJC) during the assembly in 1996 featuring a terrible picture from Switzerland in time of the World War II. Switzerland could an accusation like the one above not tolerate. (read it again and again and try to work out the meaning)

Switzerland could an accusation like the one above not tolerate.

Ok, this sentece is actually not necessary. I could write: "Switzerland, shocked, answers with an explicit rectification..." as well. (Switzerland couldn't help being addressed towards their liability in that way and sent an explicit rectification concerning the accusation. works perfectly)

From what I've read I understand that the WJC was quite keen on taking a few billions off the Swiss banks showing off some of the pictures of Switzerland in time of WW2 they had managed to get hold of and crying out for justice to be done. Furthermore, the WJC accused the Swiss banks of having kept all those billions away from their true holders. This made the Swiss government take on the issue and appeal to WJC but in vain. And finally, WJC claims were not confirmed with the search. With the last paragraph I have completely lost the thread.

Well, I have an oral report at school and I tell about the WWII.

Since I have heard about the "Bank Deal from New York" I thought I'll tell about that in my presentation. I wanted, however, to get more information about it. I want to tell how the situation was. So, I started to look in the web about the subject and found on different pages, what I tried to translated above.

The World Jewish Congress (an international federation of Jewish communities and organizations) accused Switzerland. It was claimed that Switz. had kept the money from the holocaust victims on its banks. They also said Switz. would just have kept the money and not have given back to the families of the victims etc. Switzerland's banks knew it was not true and wrote an explicit rectification (with evidences) to the WJC, participated authorities, and US-medias. It must have been too late. Then a big row was going on and lawyer were consulted. So the rectification was just ignored.

Then the Volcker-Kommission (Parul Volcker (American) investigates in international cases) was instructed to check on the Swiss bank accounts and to find out if the accusations were true.

I don't know maybe it was just a diversion, however, the case in the US was continued and without waiting for the "Volcker-Kommission's" results Switzerland was condemned to $ 2 billion.

Switz. had to pay, because the US said if not they won't deal goods with Switzerland anymore. So it was blackmailing. I do not know why no historian or contemporary witness was consulted. Neither do I know how it was possible to complete the Bank Deal of New York without waiting for the "Volcker-Kommission".

Which banks? Did you mean the Swiss banks? yes. What is 'The Bank Deal of New York'? the whole case was called like that. Why did it cost 2 billion dollars to the Swiss banks (if that is what you meant)?they had to pay for the money on the so-called holocaust accaunts Why were the Swiss banks made pay if the commission had found nothing? I whish I knew. Whom were the Swiss-banks about to loose their business-relationships with? US, "Switzerland, THIS country, no we don't do any businesses with them, do you know what they did in WW2..?" etc Was it WJC? i'd suggest you rewrite the last paragraph to make the meaning clearer.(an international federation of Jewish communities and organizations) Honestly, Jake, I don't see the point of leaving all as is without making a thorough insight into your narrative. that's right. It's far from clean at the moment. Even if your eyes glide throught the first seven paragraphs like a knife through butter, the last one definitely makes them jump about and stop!

I don't want to critizise ANY country with my writing. I can easily take the truth and have no trouble with saying "Switzerland was not fair during WW2.

The thing is I had some conversations before I wrote the text above. And people told me how bad Switz. in the time of WW2 was. And how impudently the made extremly selfish use of the situation. So I was confused and looked in the web for the "truth". And what I found shocked me and I was upset about the situation.

I am not a stubborn patriot who wants Switzerland to be a perfect country in the eyes of everybody.

It may be a too tough subject to write about for me. I am very unexperienced with writing in English (I am not even close to the graduation from high school) and especially with subjects like the one above.

Best whishes,

Jake

www.gelebte-geschichte.ch/dokumente/kurzfassungbuch-d.htm sadly in German