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What’s wrong with Switzerland? It is too close to Germany…

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Dearest Marty, my dashing Prince, how are you?

I learned that  Kim Jong-II’s son Kim Jong-Un (the new leader of North Korea) went to school in Switzerland “because Switzerland was/is neutral in regards to North Korea”.

My question is: how can a state or people be neutral about Kim Jong-II presiding over  a 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands of people? Or how can Switzerland be neutral in regards to North Korea’s  asymmetric warfare strategy,  wide range of unconventional techniques and equipment, such as GPS jammers,  submarines and human torpedoes, vast array of chemical and biological weapons, anti-personnel lasers, active nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs and North Korea being  subjected to several  United Nations Security Council resolutions for carrying out both missile and nuclear tests?

Can anyone decent being neutral in regards to actual or planned mass murder? Below, a street in Switzerland, apparently.

Switzerland’s problem is being too close to Germany.

Many passionate and tender kisses, Marty.

Yours forever,



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  1. In regards to North Korea, Hillary Clinton made a statement on behalf of the USA.


    December 21, 2011 at 3:28 am

  2. Swiss was never neutral.

    As Jews reached Switzerland’s borders they were TURNED AWAY. It had become easy to recognize Jewish passports since Germany had begun affixing German Jewish passports with the letter “J” for “Jude” (“Jew” in German) in 1938. The Germans did this at Switzerland’s request for an easier way to identify Jews coming to its borders. Though Switzerland did accept 65,000 civilian refugees, tens of thousands were turned away.

    In the summer of 1942, when the mass deportations had begun taking millions to their deaths in camps, Switzerland closed its borders completely to all refugees. Though contemporary views of this action question Switzerland’s intentions, Switzerland was not the only nation to close their borders to Jews during the war and the United States and Great Britian are prime examples.

    This is an interesting link:

    Swiss just wanted the cash.


    December 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

  3. Mele Kalikimaka, Barbara.

    Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside
    Painted candy canes on the tree
    Santa’s on his way, he’s filled his sleigh with things
    Things for you and for me

    It’s that time of year when the world falls in love
    Ev’ry song you hear seems to say “Merry Christmas,
    “May your New Year dreams come true”
    And this song of mine in three-quarter time
    Wishes you and yours the same thing, too


    December 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

  4. Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year, Barbara!


    December 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  5. We wish you also a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and joy, Barb. May all your dreams come true. 🙂

    Uncle Chester and family

    Uncle Chester

    December 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  6. Wishing you peaceful holidays and health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year, Barb.



    December 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

  7. Swiss made huge profits during the Third Reich. This country stinks almost just as bad as Germany.

    Starting in 1995, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) began negotiations on behalf of various Jewish organizations with Swiss banks and the Swiss government over dormant Jewish World War II bank accounts. Led by Edgar Bronfman, the heir to the Seagram’s fortune, the WJC entered a class-action in Brooklyn, NY combining several established suits in New York, California, and the District of Columbia. The original suits arose from grievances of Holocaust survivors and their heirs against Swiss banks. They alleged improper difficulties in accessing these accounts because of requirements such as death certificates (typically non-existent for Holocaust victims), along with deliberate efforts on the part of some Swiss banks to retain the balances indefinitely. The causes for claims eventually expanded to include the value of art works purported to have been stolen, “damages” to persons denied admission to Switzerland on the strength of refugee applications, and the value or cost of labor purported to have been performed by persons being maintained at Swiss government expense in displaced-person camps during the Holocaust, along with interest on such claims from the time of loss. Plaintiffs included all Holocaust victims, not just Jews.

    The WJC was able to marshal the unprecedented support of U.S. government officials including senator Alfonse D’Amato R-NY, who held hearings of the Senate Banking Committee in which he claimed to possess “recently declassified documents that shed new light” on the Swiss role in the war. He also claimed that “hundreds of millions of dollars” of war-era Jewish assets remained in Swiss banks. At the behest of President Bill Clinton, Undersecretary of Commerce Stuart Eizenstat testified at these hearings and commissioned a report which accused Switzerland of being “Nazi Germany’s banker.” The report relied exclusively on U.S. government archives. It contained no new historical information on Nazi victims’ deposits into Swiss banks, and criticized the decisions of U.S. officials who negotiated settlements with Switzerland after the war as being too lenient. Christoph Meili, a Swiss bank guard, also testified at the hearings, claiming to have witnessed illegal shredding of wartime records at Union Bank of Switzerland (SBG/UBS) in January 1997. He removed wartime records of transactions with German companies and gave them to the Swiss-Israeli Cultural Association. A warrant was issued for his arrest for violation of banking secrecy laws, and he fled to the U.S. UBS claimed the records were not relevant to dormant Jewish assets.

    The hearings led to international friction between the US and Switzerland, with boycotts of Swiss companies and products threatened in several US states. In Switzerland, the most controversial contention of the Eizenstat report was that Switzerland assisted the Nazis beyond what was necessary for a neutral country, and prolonged the war. Swiss public opinion was overwhelmingly against any settlement. The banks’ position was that the settlement demands were grossly out of proportion to the value of unclaimed assets, and the Swiss government’s position was that negotiations relating to laundering of assets looted by the Nazis were settled during previous agreements with the Allied governments and could not be reopened, because no new historical information had come to light. Audits of dormant accounts ordered by the Swiss government in 1962 and 1995 showed a total of $32 million (1995 dollars) in unclaimed war-era accounts. The WJC rejected initial offers from the banks and demanded payment of $1.8 billion to settle the lawsuit. During the negotiations, the Swiss banks agreed to pay for another audit of wartime accounts headed by ex Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. This audit committee consisted of three representatives from the banks, and three representatives from the Jewish groups. NY City Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi played a crucial role in the negotiations, convening a meeting in December 1997 with Swiss bank executives and Democratic Party state treasurers to discuss sanctions such as divesting state funds from Swiss banks and withholding licenses. Hevesi also withheld an operating license for the merger of Union Bank of Switzerland with Swiss Bank Corporation, who together made $4 billion in profits per year in New York City. Author Angelo Codevilla argues that this was essentially blackmail of the banks by state banking officials, with backing of the US administration, to force a settlement between the banks and the WJC. Negotiations involving the banks, the WJC, and Undersecretary Eizenstat ultimately resulted in a settlement of $1.25 billion in August 1998. The Swiss government refused to take part in the settlement, and started a CHF 300 million Special Fund for Holocaust Victims with the Swiss National Bank. It also commissioned an independent panel of international scholars known as the Bergier Commission to study the relationship between Switzerland and the Nazi regime.

    The Volcker commission audit cost CHF 300 million and gave its final report in December 1999. It determined that the 1999 book value of all dormant accounts possibly belonging to victims of Nazi persecution that were unclaimed, closed by the Nazis, or closed by unknown persons was CHF 95 million. Of this total, CHF 24 million were “probably” related to victims of Nazi persecution. In addition the commission found “no proof of systematic destruction of records of victim accounts, organized discrimination against the accounts of victims of Nazi persecution, or concerted efforts to divert the funds of victims of Nazi persecution to improper purposes.” It also “confirmed evidence of questionable and deceitful actions by some individual banks in the handling of accounts of victims”.The Volcker commission recommended that for settlement purposes, the book values should be modified back to 1945 values (by adding back fees paid and subtracting interest) and then be multiplied by 10 to reflect average long-term investment rates in Switzerland. Under these rules, a total of $379.4 million was awarded to account holders or their heirs. In cases where the claimant could be verified but the size of the account could not, a $125,000 award was given. The commission recommended that the remaining balance of the settlement should be given to other victims of Nazi persecution. The Bergier Commission reached similar conclusions about the banks’ conduct in its final report, and found that trade with Nazi Germany did not significantly prolong the war.

    On November 22, 2000, Judge Edward R. Korman announced settlement of this case with his approval of a plan featuring the payment of $1.25 billion into funds controlled by the plaintiff organizations. He appointed Judah Gribetz Special Master to administer the plan, which is sometimes called the Gribetz Plan after its chief author.By October 2009, some $490 million had been paid out to individual claimants, and acceptance of new claims had been discontinued for some time. This amount includes not only amounts deposited into Swiss banks by purported victims, but compensation for labor purportedly performed in displaced-persons camps, the value of purported looted assets, compensation for persons purported to have sought admission to Switzerland as refugees and to have been denied admission, both Jewish and non-Jewish, plus interest calculated on the claimed losses from the time of loss to the time of payment.


    January 19, 2012 at 3:59 am

  8. Subject: Swiss kept billions in looted Nazi gold – report
    Date: Fri, 2 May 1997

    NEW YORK (Reuter) – A long-awaited U.S. government report will state there is conclusive evidence that the Nazis sold Switzerland gold stolen from individual Holocaust victims, sources close to the State Department said Friday.

    The sources said the 11-agency report will also show that after the war, Switzerland failed to return billions of dollars worth of looted Nazi gold it received during the war.

    The sources’ comments were denounced by the U.S. official preparing the report. Under Secretary of Commerce Stuart Eizenstat, in a statement issued by the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, said the sources’ comments reported earlier Friday by Reuters were inaccurate.

    The sources contacted by Reuters said they stood by their account.

    “The Reuters story is based on pure speculation, contains inaccuracies and should be given no credence,” the statement by Eizenstat to the Embassy said.

    Eizenstat did not specify what the inaccuracies were but he cautioned that in the coming days interested parties would attempt to put their own slant on the report.

    The Swiss Embassy declined comment.

    The more than 200-page report, based on 14 million pages of U.S. government documents, was prepared under Eizenstat’s direction. It is expected to be released next Wednesday, and the sources said it will be very harsh on the Swiss role in the war as bankers and even money-launderers for the Third Reich.

    The report, however, will not make any recommendations as to whether the United States should reopen a 1946 treaty with Switzerland in which the Swiss agreed to return $58 million of the Nazi gold received during the war. Documents in the report will show that the Swiss took in $425 million in looted gold — worth more than $4.25 billion by today’s prices.

    Sources who have read the report told Reuters it will contain proof that Germany not only sent Switzerland gold looted from the national treasuries of the countries it occupied, but also gold taken by the Nazi SS as loot from individual victims, something that the Swiss National Bank has previously denied as late as a month ago.

    The SS looted personal jewelry, watches, rings and even the gold dental fillings of their victims, many of them Jews herded into notorious death camps like Auschwitz.

    The gold from the camps was then sent to the German central bank where it was resmelted. Some of the items arriving at the Reichsbank bore the stamp Auschwitz as well as the names of other concentration camps, U.S. archival documents said.

    The sources told Reuters that investigators had found the smelting records of gold sold to Switzerland by the Nazis and it showed conclusively that victim gold was mixed in with bank gold.

    Documents to be appended to the report show that after the war, Switzerland returned to the Allies only about 15 percent of the looted gold it bought from Germany in return for Swiss francs, which were used to buy war materials and food.

    According to documents, including some previously released ones, Switzerland knowingly received looted gold and in certain cases even asked the Germans to obtain it for them.

    Documents also showed that Swiss commercial banks as well as the National Bank received the looted gold.

    A World Jewish Congress official said that while he had not seen the report, he could confirm that documents the group had submitted to the U.S. government also showed that victim gold was sent for processing to the Reichsbank.

    “One document revealed that 76 shipments of looted gold, including dental gold, were sent to the German Central Bank valued at more than $150 million today and some of the items even bore the stamp Auschwitz,” Elan Steinberg, WJC executive director, said.

    Meanwhile, sources close to the U.S. State Department said other documents showed that victim gold wound up in the gold pool of the commission set up by the Allies after the war to return the looted metal to its rightful owners.

    The Allied-established Tripartite Gold Commission also has long maintained that all the captured Nazi gold in its holdings were from the banks of Europe and none came from individuals.

    The distinction is important because all of the $4 billion worth of gold it has distributed went to central banks and not one ounce went to Holocaust survivors.

    The commission has distributed all but 5.5 tons of some 377 tons it received from Britain, France and the United States.

    Most of the captured gold was located in hiding places in Germany and Austria while some of it was handed over by the Swiss and the other neutral countries who did business with the Nazis during the war. The WJC has called on the commission to use the remaining gold for the benefit of Holocaust victims.

    The sources said the report will also document that other neutral countries during the war — Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Turkey — received looted Nazi gold but returned only a tiny fraction after the war.


    January 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

  9. Data protection: Angela Merkel proposes Europe network

    Rain Maid

    February 15, 2014 at 2:06 am

    • Germany has a lot to hide. As always. They didn’t become better by losing wars. They don’t want the USA to know what they are up to – despite that they secretly run American officials.

      German secret services are telling their American agents (officials, etc.) to spy and do things that are considered unpopular so that Germany looks better. How can people not see this?

      Barbara Schwarz

      February 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  10. German surpluses and mounting debt in Europe’s periphery were two sides of the same coin.

    It’s Time to Kick Germany Out of the Eurozone

    Why the anchor dragging down the European economy isn’t Athens — it’s Berlin.

    Sardinia G-

    February 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

  11. Auschwitz survivors have urged the world not to allow a repeat of the crimes of the Holocaust as they mark 70 years since the camp’s liberation.


    January 27, 2015 at 4:14 am

  12. Woman dies in apparent exorcism in Germany
    DECEMBER 11, 2015, 1:58 PM|Five people have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a hotel room. The prosecutor on the case says the suspects were apparently trying to “expel a demon” from the woman. “48 Hours” Crimesider’s Graham Kates joins CBSN to explain.


    December 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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