Jean-Marie Musy

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Jean-Marie Musy
Jean-Marie Musy
Born(1876-04-10)10 April 1876
Died19 April 1952(1952-04-19) (aged 76)
ChildrenBenoît Musy
Pierre Musy

Jean-Marie Musy (10 April 1876 – 19 April 1952) was a Swiss politician.

Affiliated with the Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland, he was elected to the Federal Council of Switzerland on 11 December 1919 served until 30 April 1934.

During his time in office he held the Department of Finance[1] and became President of the Confederation twice, in 1925 and 1930.

Musy was acquainted with Heinrich Himmler. Toward the end of World War II, the forces of Nazi Germany were retreating and near defeat. At the request of two Swiss Orthodox Jews, Recha Sternbuch and her husband Yitzchak Sternbuch, and in coordination with them, Musy and his son Benoît Musy engaged in high-level negotiations with the Nazis to rescue large numbers of Jews in the concentration camps. Following the Himmler–Musy Agreement [de] of 12 January 1945, Musy was involved in the release of 1,210 prisoners from the Theresienstadt concentration camp in February 1945. The group was saved after $1.25 million was placed in Swiss banks by Jewish organizations working in Switzerland. However, the money was never paid to the Nazis.[2][3][4][5]

Jean-Marie Musy's son Pierre received numerous equestrian competition titles and won the four-man bobsleigh gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.[6]


  1. ^ EFD, Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement. "Frühere Departmentsvorsteher/innen".
  2. ^ Kranzler, David. Three who tried to stop the Holocaust (article).
  3. ^ Kranzler, David; Friedson, Joseph (1984). Heroine of Rescue: The Incredible Story of Recha Sternbuch Who Saved Thousands from the Holocaust. Artscroll History Series, Mesorah Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-0-89906-460-4.
  4. ^ Moriah Films, Unlikely Heroes, documentary, includes a chapter on Recha Sternbuch (USA)
  5. ^ "Holocaust Rescuers – Jean-Marie & Benoit Musy".
  6. ^ "Pierre Musy – Swiss Champion & Sportsman".

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Political offices
Preceded by Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Succeeded by