Leichtenstein prince on hot seat

Germany’s Central Council of Jews has accused Liechten-stein’s Prince Hans-Adam II of making a “mockery” of the Holocaust by saying bank secrecy in his principality had helped save many Jews during the Second World War, Reuters reported.

The prince ruling the tiny European country made the comments in an interview with the local Liechten-steiner Volksblatt, where he said Liechtenstein and Switzerland had “saved the lives of many people, especially Jews” thanks to their bank secrecy laws.

He criticized Germany, which claims the banking policies of Liechtenstein and other countries encourages tax evasion, saying it “should think about its own past” before attacking his country.

“The comments make a mockery of the Holocaust and those that survived it,” said Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of Jews, the top body of Germany’s Jews. “It is an attempt to use the Holocaust as a defense for the prince’s political failures. Portraying Liechtenstein as a merciful helper of the Jews does not chime with the historical facts.”

Liechtenstein remained neutral during World War II. — jpost.com