The Man Who Stopped the Trains to Auschwitz: George Mantello, El Salvador, and Switzerland's Finest Hour (Google eBook)

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Syracuse University Press, 2000 - History - 341 pages
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This is the true story of one man's efforts to bring horrific news of the Nazi genocide to the Swiss public and to the rest of the world. Armed with this information, prominent Swiss church leaders and theologians condemned the unfolding Holocaust from their pulpits, spurring large public demonstrations.

In 400 articles appearing in 120 newspapers, Mantello reached opinion makers throughout the world community. International pressure halted the Hungarian deportations, and Mantello distributed thousands of Salvadoran citizenship papers to Jews in Nazi-occupied territories.

In addition to Mantello's role, Kranzler shows how Swiss theologians such as Karl Barth and Paul Vogt mobilized thousands of Christians against the Germans and against the indifference of the Swiss government and the International Red Cross. This fresh look at the intersection of politics and religion also allows for a new assessment of Swiss complicity in the crimes of the Nazi Third Reich.

  

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Contents

Background
1
Josef Mandl
13
Switzerland as an Information Center
15
Early Salvadoran Papers
26
Salvadoran citizenship papers
29
Jewish Rescue Efforts in Hungary
43
Mantellos Early Rescue Efforts
59
W A Vissert Hooft
67
The Press Campaign in Full Swing
122
The Response by the Hungarians the Germans and the IRC
144
Carl Barth 755
152
Horthy Takes Charge
178
Carl Lutz
184
The Nyilas Era
198
Postwar
228
George Mantello receiving an honorary doctorate
249

The Manoliu Mission
82
The Beginning of the Swiss Press Campaign
95
Paul Vogt
107
Afterword
251
Bibliography
315
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Dr. David Kranzler is an historian and the author of nine books on the Holocaust, including Japanese, Nazis and Jews and his most recent, prize-winning work The Man Who Stopped the Trains to Auschwitz: George Mantello, El Salvador and Switzerland's Finest Hour.

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