Swiss Protection Letter 1945 Issued At The Swiss Consulate, Berlin

Swiss Protection Letter 1945 Issued At The Swiss Consulate, Berlin

Swiss Protection Letter 1945 Issued At The Swiss Consulate, Berlin

When it comes to such Protection Letters I do have quite experience with such documents life saving for Jews during the Holocaust issued by several countries. But this type is not often to spot. The cardboard printed in German and Russian language with a huge Swiss Red Cross is stating as follows.

“The personal belongings and artworks in this house (address is following) of the Swiss citizen, Arthur Josef von Rotz, born Feb. 2, 1913 under the protection of the undersigned representation of the SWISS CONFEDERATION.” Berlin, Feb. 17, 1945. Signed for the Swiss Consul…(can’t read the signature clearly).

The German wording is alike.

Swiss protection letters where introduced in March 1943. Swiss Consul Stucki was a key person in this matter when he asked the parliament in Bern to establish such a document to protect Swiss citizens abroad during war times. The letters of protection should not only be issued in German but also in Polish, French and as we see it here in Russian. According reports such protection letters where often useless as e.g. the Russian soldiers couldn’t read and just torn the document in pieces or didn’t care about what was stated, if they could read. Also for the Russian there was no difference between Germans and Swiss as they both have the same language. Swiss citizens weren’t treated any better than Germans at these war days. They were forced to leave their homes, property were plundered, they were arrested just like other Germans. Some Swiss were even deported to the East for forced labor.

 

 

 Swiss Protection Letter 1945 Issued At The Swiss Consulate, Berlin

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