Open Letter to the President of Switzerland
To The President of Switzerland
Herr Hans-Rudolf Merz 19 April 2009
The information is out today that ahead of the dubious UN Anti-Racism Conference opening tomorrow in Geneva, You, as President of Switzerland, are going to meet Iranian President Ahmadinejad during a dinner today for conference participants.
Such a highest-level Swiss contact with a Holocaust denier and propagator of "wiping off Israel from the map" can not go without reminiscence to another inhumane regime which declared and pursued wildly the aim of wiping off the Jewish people from the earth - and also to Switzerland's own role in that era. While there were individual Swiss heroes, like Carl Lutz, who fought against the Holocaust with utmost self-sacrifice and these Swiss people will be never forgotten, it is also known that Switzerland as a state has not done enough for saving the victims and not once cooperated with the evil. Here and now there is a rare opportunity to correct past failures and to elevate Switzerland's international prestige instead.
We, as citizens of this world and the undersigned also as a Holocaust survivor, do not agree with those many who unconditionally condemn your meeting with President Ahmadinejad. We do believe that while the danger exists that this event can become a stain on Switzerland's name, alternatively this can be a positive opportunity.
In case after the meeting The President of Switzerland takes the opportunity to condemn in the clearest and strongest terms President Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial and all his anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and other hate speeches, this will both help to make the world a better place and elevate Switzerland's international prestige.
Endre Y. Mozes
Chairman, Take-A-Pen International
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