To save as many lives as possible from German concentration camps
Two private Swiss citizens who risked their lives - Holocaust rescuers

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The Mission: To save as many lives as possible from the German Concentration Camps (1944-45)

The Story: Two Swiss private citizens who risked their lives and
saved 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust

Jean-Marie Musy

Jean-Marie MUSY (1876-1952), born on April 10th in Albeuve (Gruyère - Switzerland). He attended the Saint Michel College in Fribourg, followed by  the Saint Maurice Abbey, where he obtained his degree in philosophy.  Subsequently, he registered at the University of Fribourg law school and  finished his doctorate in 1904.  Later he completed graduate studies in political science and finance in Leipzig, Munich, Berlin and Vienna.

When he was  thirty years old, he opened a law office in Bulle, after working for two years as the attorney general in Fribourg.  At the same time, he was the director of the Crédit Gruérien in Bulle.  In 1906 J.-M. Musy married Julietta de Meyer, the daughter of Count Jules de Meyer, Zouave officer at the service of Pope Pius IX.


Elected to the National Council in 1914, he became rapidly one of the most competent representative from the French region (Romande) of Switzerland to the National Assembly in Bern.  At the age of only 43 years old, he was elected Federal Councillor and devoted all of his strength to the arduous task as the head of the Finance and Customs Department.  Jean-Marie Musy was elected President of the Swiss Confederation in 1925 and 1930.   The unrelenting amount of work as a Federal Councilor, almost without rest, used his strength prematurely and he retired in 1934.

From 1934 to 1939, several important Swiss financial organizations, together with foreign governments sought his worthy economic advice.

In 1944, it is with a deep sense of humanity and Christian faith that made Jean-Marie Musy intervene on behalf of the Jewish prisoners of the concentration camps in Germany.  It is because of the heroic mission of Jean-Marie Musy and his son Benoît that on February 6th 1945 over 1,200 Jews  were saved from the Therensienstadt concentration camp. In Raanana (Israel) on February 5th 2010, the "65th Anniversary" of this event was commemorated (reception and concert).

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Benoit Musy

Benoît MUSY (December 13/1917 - October 07/1956) Born in Fribourg (Switzerland), his father, Dr. Jean-Marie Musy, was a Swiss federal councilor (1919-1934) and President (1925-1930) of Switzerland.

 After graduating from secondary schools in Bern, Benoît Musy added to his academic credentials by attending the prestigious Grangeneuve Swiss agronomy institution.  He received his agricultural engineer's diploma, and then served as a Lieutenant in the number 4 squadron of the Swiss air force.   From 1938 to 1948, he worked in the agriculture business. In 1947 he was the first military skydiver and he obtained the number 2 license.   As civil and military pilot, he logged over 1,700 landings.

During World War II Benoit had accompanied his father, Jean-Marie Musy in Germany, to negotiate to release 1,200 prisoners from the Therensienstadt concentration camp. Many times he risked his life to rescue prisoners in Germany: thirty thousand kilometers, during eight months, in the most perilous circumstances.

From 1947 to 1953 B. Musy  raced Moto Guzzi motorcycles on a professional basis.  He was given the title of Swiss Champion (250 cc and 500 cc) six times in national and international races.

In 1950 he married Manuela Consuelo Heusch Fernandez,  the daughter of Eduard Hugo Heusch, an industrialist from Barcelona Spain.

In 1954 he switched to the automobile racing world driving Maserati race cars.  Unfortunately, his life came to an end on the 7th of October 1956 at the steering wheel of a Maserati 200S in Montlhéry (France).

Other Links:  The Musy family from Gruyère (Switzerland)     -    Benoît Musy    -   Maserati Race Cars
 

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65th Anniversary of the February 5th 1945 train from the Ghetto of Theresienstadt to Switzerland.
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