This book focuses on Switzerland throughout the years of National Socialist dictatorship in Germany and during the Second World War in general. As a historical investigation, it also examines how this past was dealt with in the post- war era. It thus has relevance to the present day, for this history continues to have an impact be it on current debates and decisions or on concepts for the future.
On the following 525 pages, the research results compiled by the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War (ICE) during its five years of existence are summarised and placed in an international context. In the months prior to the ICE’s appointment in late 1996, the debate on the gold transactions between the Swiss National Bank and National Socialist Germany and the dormant assets in Swiss banks had unexpectedly came to a head.