MEDIA: What the Papers say; Story of stolen gold turns into a Nazi mess

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 Britain.

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

Britain.



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

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ‘What The Papers Say’ can also be found

at: http//www.carma.com/carma



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