Jews' ally cleared
Tuesday 28 November 1995
Jews rescued by Paul Grueninger, who died a broken man in 1972 aged 80, expressed confidence that his sentence for falsifying entry documents would be cancelled and that he would be fully rehabilitated.
In 1938 Grueninger was police chief in the St Gallen canton, which shares a border with Austria, when Switzerland closed its frontiers to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. He falsified entry documents to mislead authorities into thinking the families had entered Switzerland before the border closure. He saved up to 3,000 people.
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