The Swiss, the Nazis and the Stolen Gold
Tom Bower, Adam LeBor
Chair: Hella Pick
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Switzerland not only financed the Nazis and refused admission to the Jewish refugees fleeing them; the country’s most senior government officials and financial institutions systematically conspired to keep billions in gold and other valuables deposited by Jews in Swiss banks or stolen by the Nazis from their rightful heirs. Tom Bower and Adam Lebor explore the infamous tale with Hella Pick.
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Tom Bower is an acclaimed investigative journalist and best-selling biographer, author of 24 books including Nazi Gold, and the lives of Robert Maxwell, Richard Branson, Tony Blair, Prince Charles and Jeremy Corbyn.
Adam LeBor is a veteran former foreign correspondent for The Economist, The Times and the Independent. He is the author of fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction, including City of Oranges, about the lives of Arab and Jewish families in Jaffa, which was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize. He is an editorial trainer at the Financial Times, Monocle and Citywire and is also a creative writing tutor at the Arvon Foundation.
Hella Pick CBE was born in Vienna and came to the UK on a Kindertransport. She is a Graduate of the London School of Economics and has an honorary doctorate from Sussex University. She was awarded a CBE in 2000. Specialising in foreign affairs she was on the staff of the Guardian from 1961- 1997. Since then she has worked for Lord Weidenfeld’s Club of Three and later for his Institute of Strategic Dialogue. She served two terms on the Council of Chatham House. She is on the Advisory Board of the Sussex University Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies. Hella is the author of Simon Wiesenthal - A Life in Search of Justice, and of Guilty Victim - Austria from the Holocaust to Haider, and is now completing her Memoirs.