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Hitler's Secret Bankers
07 May 2020 * EBOOK * £8.99 * 9781789543230

A gripping investigation of Swiss banks during World War Two which uncovers the shocking truth of the extent to which they profited from the Nazi programme of genocide.

Non Fiction / HBLW (Modern History)
Extent: 368 pages
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Hitler's Secret Bankers: How Switzerland Profited from Nazi GenocideAdam LeBor

There were no death certificates issued at Auschwitz. Nevertheless, Swiss banks still demand them before handing over the assets of account holders killed in the Holocaust to their surviving relatives.

When the Jews of Europe entrusted their families' wealth to what they hoped would be a safe haven – the banks of Switzerland – they were wrong. Millions of dollars, deposited decades ago in good faith by Jews who were to die in the Nazi genocide, still lie in their vaults, earning interest and providing working capital for Swiss banks. However the involvement of neutral Switzerland in the finances of the Third Reich goes far beyond the dispute over dormant accounts. Swiss banks were the key foreign currency providers of the Nazi war machine; they knowingly accepted looted gold, stolen from the national banks of occupied Europe; and they operated an international banking centre for the Third Reich.

Reissued with a new afterword, Adam LeBor reveals the true extent to which Swiss banks collaborated with the Nazi regime and profited from the deaths of millions of Jews.

Adam LeBor is the thriller critic of the Financial Times and a veteran former foreign correspondent who lived in Budapest for many years. He is the author of seven novels and eight non-fiction books, including Hitler's Secret Bankers, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He is an editorial trainer and writing coach for numerous publications and organisations and also writes for the Critic and The Times. He lives in London with his family.

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize when first published in 1997.

This fully updated edition also contains a new afterword by the author.

The Holocaust and the topic of restitution for survivors and their families is of enduring interest and still topical.

MARKET: Laurence Rees; Ian Kershaw; The Lady in Gold; The Hare with Amber Eyes.


'Extensively researched ... LeBor's highly charged work will appeal to readers interested in World War II and will be embraced by Holocaust survivors and their families trying to seek restitution from Switzerland's banks' Publishers Weekly

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