ADL EXPRESSES APPRECIATION FOR EXONERATION OF SWISS WARTIME
New York, NY, December 1, 1995...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed
its appreciation to the St. Gallen district court for exonerating Paul Grueninger,
who was convicted in 1940 for falsifying documents to enable Jews fleeing
Nazi Germany to enter Switzerland.
In a letter to Swiss Ambassador Carlo Jagmet, ADL National Director Abraham
H. Foxman, stated that "while the Swiss Federal Council politically
rehabilitated Mr. Grueninger in June 1994 and the Canton of St. Gallen did
so in November 1993, this judicial rehabilitation fully restores Paul Grueinger's
good name and reputation."
After Switzerland closed its borders in 1938, Mr. Grueninger as police
chief of St. Gallen falsified records and backdated papers to enable Jewish
refugees to enter Switzerland. Mr. Grueninger was dismissed in 1939, convicted
of fraud one year later and fined 300 francs. Throughout the rest of his
life, Mr. Grueninger found it difficult to find employment. He died in
Mr. Foxman told the Ambassador that "by legally and politically exonerating
Paul Grueninger for the heroism and humanity he demonstrated in the years
leading to World War II, Switzerland has taken a step in coming to terms
with its own record during those difficult years."
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