Liechtenstein businessman linked to Nazis

While Hilti's business at the end of the war was relatively small, he produced his goods exclusively for Nazi Germany.

Today the Hilti Corp., which specializes in supplying fastening and demolition systems to the construction industry, employs more than 12,000 employers in more than 120 countries.

After the Swiss media uncovered his Nazi past in 1995, Hilti admitted that he served an "inhuman regime," but he never publicly renounced his anti-Semitism.

A spokesperson for the Hilti Corp. said the obtained documents are accurate, but that an ongoing investigation has not turned up any evidence of money laundering from the Nazis.

Liechtenstein, which has come under heavy pressure from the Swiss media and the World Jewish Congress for helping Nazi officials transfer stolen Jewish assets into Western countries and South America at the end of World War II, also furnished Nazi leaders with diplomatic passports, Hebdo, a Swiss weekly, revealed recently.

The World Jewish Congress is calling for an independent commission, along the lines of Switzerland's Bergier Commission, to investigate the allegations.

Liechtenstein, a country of 30,000 that sits between Switzerland and Austria, has appointed a task force to prepare for talks with the WJC in December and ordered the two Liechtenstein banks in operation during World War II to search its archives for evidence of money laundering.

"Liechtenstein is very interested to know its history, especially during World War II," the prime minister of Liechtenstein, Mario Frick, told reporters.