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The who is who of world policy congregated: «the Geneva Conference gave us the opportunity to receive statesmen in Berne, I would never have thought we would welcome in the Federal Palace» thus concluded foreign minister Max Petitpierre in September 1954 to the diplomatic body.
There are many ways in which Switzerland was confronted with the Nazi extermination of European Jews. From Hitler's rise to power in 1933 to the end of the War in 1945, numerous persecuted Jews attempted to seek refuge in Switzerland, temporarily at least. Again and again, officials were faced with complicated decisions.