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Hitler's Silent Partners

Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold, And The Pursuit Of Justice

by Isabel Vincent

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list price: $24.95
category: History
published: 1998
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada

Award-winning journalist Isabel Vincent unravels the labyrinthine story behind the headlines by taking us through the life of survivor Renée Appel, who found refuge in Canada. With her, we come to understand what it means to wait for justice: how, on the eve of war, desperate men and women entrusted their life savings to Swiss banks; how Nazis laundered gold looted from Jewish families; how the demands of international business, Swiss bank secrecy, and greed kept the truth hidden for over half a century and still prevent restitution from being made. Hitler's Silent Partners is a rigorous and often heartbreaking look at statistics seldom given a human face.

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Contributor notes

Isabel Vincent, a reporter and former Latin American bureau chief for The Globe and Mail, has been the recipient of the prestigious Southam Fellowship, and the Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Excellence. She is a contributing editor to Saturday Night and the author of See No Evil. She lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Review

"Gripping.... A story of unbelievable courage, creativity [and] determination." -The Globe and Mail
"One of the best [books] of its kind...rigorously researched and lucidly told." -The Canadian Jewish News
"Hitler's Silent Partners stands on its own as a compelling, well-researched and sympathetic look at a terrible tragedy." -The Financial Post
"Isabel Vincent shows how Renée's story is one of so many that got lost in the shuffle.... A thoroughly gripping tale." -The Toronto Star
"A stirring saga of one family's struggle to survive." -Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Isabel Vincent

Isabel Vincent is an investigative reporter for the New York Post. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro and before that she covered the conflicts that led to the war in Kosovo. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, L’Officiel, and Time. She is the author of four books: Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World’s Wealthiest Widows; Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas; Hitler’s Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold and the Pursuit of Justice; and See No Evil: The Strange Case of Christine Lamont and David Spencer. The recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism, she has been a journalism fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Vincent won the National Jewish Book Award in Canada for Bodies and Souls and the Yad Vashem Award for Holocaust History for Hitler’s Silent Partners. She grew up in Toronto and speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Today, she lives in New York.

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