Following are some of the main refugee figures as listed by the Bergier commission in its report on Switzerland’s wartime record.This content was published on December 10, 1999 - 10:39
Following are some of the main refugee figures as listed by the Bergier commission in its report on Switzerland’s wartime record.
- Between 19933 and 1945, Switzerland recognised and accepted 644 people as political refugees.
- The authorities allowed 51,129 civilian refugees into the country during the war years (19,495 of them were Jews and another 1,809 were persecuted because they were of Jewish origin).
- Switzerland accepted 103,869 military refugees and granted a four-week “recovery” vacation to 59,785 children.
- There is documentary evidence that 24,398 applications to enter Switzerland were rejected between January 1940 and May 1945.
- The real number of refugees turned back at the border cannot be fully established since some documents were destroyed and not all rejections were registered.
- From 1938 until November 1944, diplomatic and consular representatives abroad evaluated 24,100 applications to enter Switzerland; 9,600 of them were approved but 14,500 were turned down.
From staff member Beat Witschi.
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