Donnerstag, April 24, 2008

Historian exposes secret wartime refugees

Some 500 Nazis, Italian fascists and supporters of the French Vichy regime found shelter in Switzerland at the end of the Second World War, says a Swiss historian.

swissinfo talked to Luc van Dongen who has opened the Pandora's box of the 1943-1954 period, throwing light on Swiss asylum policy and uncovering the traces of numerous highly controversial political and economic refugees.

Van Dongen's recently published book, "Un purgatoire très discret" (A very discreet purge), is based on ten years' work going through archives in Bern, Berlin, London, Paris and Washington.


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