Archive | April, 2009

How could he do that?

21 Apr

As Jews worldwide ushered in Yom haShoah ve’haGevurah – the day that marks the destruction as well as the bravery of those 6,000,0000 Jews murdered by the Nazi killing machine – the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked the question on the lips of level-headed people worldwide:

How could President Merz of Switzerland, host of the Geneva Racism Fiasco,  give such a warm welcome to Holocaust- denier and Israel-hater Ahmadinejad – enemy number one of the western World?

Mr. Prime Minister, I am no detective, nor am I any sort of historian, but let me paint the picture for you as I see it.

History Repeats Itself?

History Repeats Itself?

For Switzerland, it is just a bad habit.

The Harper Collins book “Nazi Gold” by Tom Bower, subtitled, “The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe’s Jews and Holocaust Survivors” is a powerful indictment. When the War began, Germany had $100 million in gold, at the end of the War, Germany had sold about $900 million in gold.

The following excerpt from a review by Ann Louise Bardach, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, speaks for itself:

The greatest slaughter in history has, until quite recently, tended to obscure the other horror perpetuated by the Nazis – namely, the greatest robbery in history.

The first order of business for the invading Nazi army as it trampled through Europe was a raid on the national treasury and the hauling of millions of dollars in gold and cash back to the Reichsbank in Berlin. Next were art seizures from museums, galleries and the private collections of Jews. In time, all the valuables and property of Jews would be confiscated, and eventually they, too, would be taken away. Even after their deaths, the thieving would continue. Wedding rings snatched from the corpses, gold wrested from their teeth; in fact, an estimated 72 pounds of dental gold was extracted each day from victims at Auschwitz. Billions of dollars of the looted gold and cash and an estimated $2.5 billion in stolen art were sent to Switzerland, where the Reich’s Swiss bankers attended to its purchase, care and investment. Nazi Germany was, after all, the most important client in the history of Swiss banking.

Before World War II, Switzerland had been a poor country. Thanks to the Third Reich, Switzerland emerged from the war as the second-richest country in the world. In news stories over the last two years, the world has learned that the Swiss were hardly the beset-upon neutrals that they have claimed to be but instead were full partners with the Nazis. Moreover, as Tom Bower’s masterly chronicle, “Nazi Gold,” makes clear, the Nazis could never have prevailed as long as they did without the Swiss. Indeed, as Bower makes clear, the war would most likely have ended a full year earlier had it not been for the financial intervention of Swiss bankers. [derived from the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, 6 July, 1997.]

Hans-Rudolf Merz (born 10 November 1942) is a Swiss politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP/PRD) and member of the Swiss Federal Council (since 2004). He is the head of the Federal Department of Finance (the Swiss finance minister) and President of the Swiss Confederation for 2009.

The Federal Banking Commission, an independent agency of the Swiss government within the Federal Department of Finance, supervises most banking-related activities as well as securities markets and investment funds.

What this means is that the current President of the Swiss Confederation is also the President of the Federal Department of Finance, directly involved with Swiss banking today.

Now that the background info is on the table, get a load of this….

May 13, 2008: 9:48 AM EDT

Victims of Hamas and Hezbollah Sue Swiss Bank for

Helping Fund Terrorists

NEW YORK (AP) — American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel have filed a lawsuit seeking more than $500 million from UBS AG, saying the Swiss bank made it possible for Iran to fund the terrorists.

The lawsuit says the Zurich-based bank provided dollars to Iran in violation of trade sanctions and Iran funneled the money to terrorist groups.

“UBS knew full well that the cash dollars it was providing to a state sponsor of terrorism such as Iran would be used to cause and facilitate terrorist attacks by Iranian-sponsored terrorist organizations,” the plaintiffs say.

Their lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, said in a phone interview from Tel Aviv that the bank is liable “as much as Iran or the terrorists” for the damage caused.   [Nitzana Darshana-Leitner is a neighbor of mine.]

Mr. Prime Minister, I humbly submit that if you look closely at the smiles  of Merz and Ahmadinejad, you can see the word “money” written all over their faces.

If you ask me, though the Swiss claim to be gliding along throughout history in “neutral,” that is just an alibi – behind the scenes they have their foot pressed down firmly of the  “gas” pedal (read: peddler) of the world.