Swiss Jewish groups are faulting the country’s president for failing to address the neutral country’s failings during World War II in a statement marking the annual Holocaust remembrance day.
In a statement Sunday, President Ueli Maurer said Switzerland remained “a country of freedom and law” during the war and became a safe haven for many persecuted people.
But Switzerland’s main Jewish organizations complained Monday that he neglected also to mention “the refugees who were turned back to a certain death.”
A government-commissioned report concluded in 2001 that Switzerland turned back many refugees although the government knew by 1942 of the Nazis’ “final solution.”
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