The chocolate-box, rosy-cheeked, butter-wouldn't-melt Swiss have a darker side to their character and their history.
Why did Hitler not invade the tiny Alpine republic and bring Switzerland under the rule of the Third Reich? Was it because it had no economic or strategic significance to the Nazis? On the contrary. Adam Le Bor has exposed a widespread network of collaboration between Germany and Switzerland. Swiss banks laundered Nazi loot by the millions. The real reason why Hitler did not invade Switzerland is because it was more valuable to the Nazis outside the Reich than within. Even worse, the funds desposited in the banks of the supposedly neutral country by frightened Jews in the 1930s remain there still in dormant accounts, and descendants of these victims are stonewalled when attempting to retrieve them.
Switzerland had its war heroes - border guards and diplomats who assisted Jews fleeing the Nazis, but even they have not received the recognition they deserve in their homeland. Adam Le Bor's meticulously researched and easy to read book lays bare the myth of Swiss neutrality in World War 2.