European reporting of Swiss banks hoarding Nazi gold fell into two
categories. A story in the Jewish Chronicle speculating that an
associate of Adolf Hitler had held an account at UBS containing the
proceeds of Mein Kampf was reported across Europe, but apparently not in
British attention was caught by the publication of a Foreign Office
memorandum responding to questions posed by Greville Janner, MP and
chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust. This applied pressure on
the traditionally secretive Swiss banks, which reacted swiftly and with
atypical frankness by instituting an inquiry.
Mr Janner’s role as the catalyst in the affair was recognised in Belgium
by De Tijd, the Flemish financial daily newspaper: ‘If it hadn’t been
for Janner’s efforts, the issue surrounding the Nazi gold in Switzerland
might never have been brought up again’.
Elsewhere, Italian and Dutch papers used the developing story to
reiterate enquiries about their own state assets abducted by the Nazis.
Evaluation and analysis by Carma International. Cuttings supplied by The
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