Swiss People, the Holocaust and the Swiss Press.
The world admires the great heroes
who rescued Jews during the Holocaust such as the German
Oskar Schindler, the Japanese Chiune Sugihara, the Swede
Raoul Wallenberg and the Swiss Carl Lutz among others.
How, at times Jews wished that an entire
country would get involved in helping the Jews. Not only as
individuals, but all, or at least virtually all people
of every walk of life. If we give rein to our wildest
dreams we could imagine such absolutely absurd scenarios
Somebody brings Rabbi Haim Weissmandl's
reports to a neutral country, which then takes it so seriously
that every newspaper, from the largest urban to the smallest
village paper, blast, in searing headlines that attack
Auschwitz, the Nazis and Hungarian complicity in the deportation
of 12,000 daily to the crematoria, carrying as:
Let your imagination run even more
wildly. Have every pastors of virtually every church,
from the largest urban to the village houses of worship
participate in carrying out the same condemnatory message
in sermon after sermon, week after week.
If that weren't enough, dream on, and
imagine such a fictitious country whose entire population
is by now so enervated and angry that they take to the
streets in massive protests (remember, you are imagining
things that could only have happened after the protests
of the sixties) in which thousands of women, labor and
university students demonstrate in the streets of various
cities, to attack their own government for its indifference
to the fate of the Jews (in far-away Hungary), where simultaneously
-in this country that Jews could only imagined to have
existed- the same theologians who inspired the church
campaign now light a fire under its highest government
officials, demanding that they start moving to rescue
what was still possible to rescue.
Then happily conclude your dreams
with a scenario that finds that mythical country's government
capitulating to its citizen's humanitarian demands, finally
gets into the act of rescue and then does a splendid job
of rescuing tens of thousands of Jews.
If your imagination seems to have
gone too wild for even you then stop imagining and discover
to your delight that all this and much more is no figment
of anyone's imagination but the truth. Yes, it really happened.
Not in the United States or Great Britain or the U.S.S.R,
but in staid, little Switzerland, which Jews have bashed
for the past few years.
This seeming fiction is solid history
fully documented in the book 'The Man who stopped the
trains to Auschwitz: George Mantello. El Salvador and
Switzerland's finest Hour' by David Kranzler (Syracuse
All the Jews who survived the war
owe their lives to the few heroes and especially the entire
Swiss people that deserves a medal from the Jews rather
The imagined headlines did really
appear, in over 400 news articles in 120 Swiss newspapers:
'The True Face of the Hungarian Regime'; 'This Death Camp
of Auschwitz!'; 'A Great Jewish Tragedy!'; 'A Journal
of Terror!'; 'The Extermination of European Jews, Europe
will Pay for this Crime'; 'A Storm of Indignation has
arisen in the Heart of Europe!'; 'For the Sake of Humanity!';
'Mass Murder of the Innocent People!'; 'The Earth has
not yet seen such things!'; 'Factories to Burn Human Beings!'
Incidentally, the biggest villain
was not a Swiss (such as Dr Rothmund, responsible for
sending back Jews across the border) but the American,
Roswell McClelland, sent by the War Refugee Board to
facilitate rescue. According to Kranzler, rather than
help, he did nothing but obstruct most rescue efforts.