Former UBS security guard Christoph Meili on UBS & Eidgenössische Bank theft, fraud and terror financing
Whistleblower Christoph Meili joins us to discuss his 1997 discovery of documents proving the Swiss UBS bank forerunner, Eidgenoessische Bank (Eidgenössische Bank), had been stealing from WWII victims, falsely claiming that relatives had to provide death certificates in order to claim money of dead and murdered relatives. Knowing all the time that due to Nazi methods of extermination no death certificates were issued for millions of WWII victims. Christoph believes Swiss banks are part of a wider fraud, or conspitacy, to create ward so they can make money and that today they secretly fund terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS to the same ends.
January 17, 1997
New York Times
Swiss Bank’s Discarded Files Saved by Night Watchman
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
ZURICH, Switzerland — Last Thursday began like every other workday for Christoph Meili, a night watchman at the Union Bank of Switzerland.
But as he made his routine checks in the deserted building, Meili was startled at the sight in the bank’s shredding room of two large bins on wheels filled to the brim with books and papers.
The contents were unmistakably old and they were a jumble: from oversized ledger books with entries handwritten in fountain pen, to decades-old contracts, to lists of mortgaged buildings in German cities like Berlin and Breslau in the 1930s and 1940s — the years of Nazi rule in Germany.
“I thought to myself: ‘Wait a minute. This is historical material,’ ” Meili recalled on Thursday in an interview. “There were more than 40 pages about real estate and they were from 1933, 1934, 1937. I saw the dates of payments and credits. I saw street names and numbers, and I saw that some of them were from Berlin.”
Within the next 15 minutes, Meili made a fateful decision that he knew would probably cost him his job: he grabbed an armful of books and papers, took them to a Jewish cultural organization the next day, and then went public with what he knew.
Meili’s action rocked UBS, Switzerland’s biggest bank, which acknowledged on Tuesday that it had made a “deplorable mistake” and may have violated a new Swiss law created to protect material that might shed light on the Holocaust period.
Swiss banks have come under sharp criticism in recent months for their commercial dealings with the Nazis. Families of Holocaust victims have complained that the banks are resisting efforts to track down what happened to the Swiss accounts of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The Swiss popular sentiment on the issue was vividly on display here in Zurich on Thursday, when a local newspaper, Blick, ran a front-page headline in the best tradition of New York City tabloids: “Dear UBS: It stinks!” And Meili has been lionized as the “document hero,” besieged by television crews from as far away as Australia. Recounting his story in an interview on Thursday, Meili, a father of two small children, said he had given little thought to the continuing debate about Swiss banks and their ties to the Nazis.
Meili said that as soon as he got a close look at the documents, he became convinced he had been handed a historic duty to act. Quiet and unmoved by all the attention surrounding him, Meili showed no regret about his decision last week and no surprise that he had lost his job and was under police investigation.
“I knew it was a problem,” he said of his decision to take documents out of the bank. “But these were documents that were about to be shredded. They were about to be destroyed, like garbage, so I didn’t think it would be so bad.”