The Man Who Stopped the Trains to Auschwitz

The Man Who Stopped the Trains to Auschwitz

George Mantello, El Salvador, and Switzerland's Finest Hour

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<p>George Mantello, First Secretary of the El Salvador Consulate in Geneva from 1942 to 1945, defied strict censorship to launch a press campaign against the daily deportation of 12,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz.<br> This is the true story of one man’s efforts to bring horrific news of the Nazi genocide to the Swiss public and to the rest of the world. Armed with this information, prominent Swiss church leaders and theologians condemned the unfolding Holocaust from their pulpits, spurring large public demonstrations. In 400 articles appearing in 120 newspapers, Mantello reached opinion makers throughout the world community. International pressure halted the Hungarian deportations, and Mantello distributed thousands of Salvadoran citizenship papers to Jews in Nazi-occupied territories. In addition to Mantello’s role, Kranzler shows how Swiss theologians such as karl barth and paul Vogt mobilized thousands of Christians against the Germans and against the indifference of the Swiss government and the International Red Cross. This fresh look at the intersection of politics and religion also allows for a new assessment of Swiss complicity in the crimes of the Nazi Third Reich.</p>

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Senator Joseph Lieberman introduces a prize-winning book on the Holocaust. Kranzler (emeritus, history, City U. of New York) relates the little-known story of the rescue of the remaining 140,000 Hungarian Jews by Jewish diplomat Frank Mantello. For his heroic efforts, the Swiss government harassed him and some US Jewish groups shunned him. Includes photos of the Salvadorean citizenship papers he issued, Mantello (d. 1992), and leading Swiss theologians who had their consciences pricked by him as did other world leaders, finally. The CiP lists an incorrect ISBN. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780815628736
Characteristics: xxv, 341 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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