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ADL EXPRESSES APPRECIATION FOR EXONERATION OF SWISS WARTIME HERO

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 1972.

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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