Why Was Swiss Neutrality Always Respected By The Nazis?Watch
Is there a bigger reason than 'it was where the high Nazis hid their plundered riches'?
EDIT: While researching this, I discovered an incredible statistic. In the North-East Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, women were not given the right to vote until 1990!
Switzerland must also be ...slightly... hard to invade as it's surrounded by mountains. The swiss army (1/10th the size of anything the Germans could muster) planned to blow up the mountain passes if invaded to block themselves in but it was thought this'd only last for about 7-10 days. Harsh
The swiss made the Nazis chocolate on the cheap in return for independence.
The perfect reason
Also, the constant bombing would have obliterated the Lindt factories
I don't know but I would imagine the Papacy could defend them. All Catholics together plus they needed the Swiss Guard. After the Concordat and the change in Pope, the Vatican didn't protest too much in anything for several years.
women were not given the right to vote until 1990!
WTF has happened to this world??
Secondly, Switzerland has only been taken once in its history since the Old Swiss Confederacy during the medeival period. The Nazis didn't think it was worth it.
(They also made a lot of economic concessions to Germany, so effectively bought their neutrality and freedom).
Firstly, Switzerland is not aggressive and has no expansionist tendencies.
Anyway, Switzerland would have been very difficult to take. As someone has already said, the swiss army would have retreated to the mountains where they had various fortifications and held out there - effectively initiating a siege. It would have been too costly for the Germans to invade.
Equally the Swiss prepared defensive strategies that would have hindered any attempted invasions. This involved plans to blow up mountain passes and occupy heavily fortified mountain positions. The Swiss Army likely numbered about 0.5million troops, making the cost of invasion too high to justify.
There was little benefit seen to invading Switzerland during the War due to the already over-stretched nature of the German Army. Also The Swiss government followed a policy of Economic co-operation combined with the extension of credit. Producing viable route to convert plundered goods to capital to finance the war. The Swiss were left with very little choice considering that Switzerland was surrounded by Nazi occupied territory from 1940 through to 1944.
There were attempts by a small Nazi party in Switzerland to merge with Germany, but the Swiss were generally opposed to Nazism and hence it failed, The press in particularly were heavy critics of the Third Reich.
Finally There were no evidence to suggest the prehistoric Germans occupied this area, thus it was not as justifiable under Nazi ideology
In 1911 a man named Gustaf Kossinna released a book titled The Origins of the Germans, which argued a prehistoric German race had settled in Central Europe in the Early Iron Age. He was highly influential till after the World War.
He developed a now-discredited technique called settlement archaeology to prove this (also know as Culture History), The idea was an ethnic groups were linked directly to their material remains, and in Germany there was alot of what is known as "Wessenstedt" and "Jastorf" culture from the EIA (Early Iron Age).
Pre Germanic Invasion Europe 750BC:
Yellow = Hallstatt Culture Area
Green = La Tene Culture Area (see below)
Invasion by Germans 750BC-1BC
Prior to collapse of Rome AD400
Red/Orange = Germanic
Purple = Roman Areas
The other culture under this theory that dominated Europe in the EIA through to the Roman period was Celtic Culture or "Le Tene" Culture, which was diaplaced by the invading prehistoric Germans in central Europe
Hitler used this theory to justify German Expansion into areas that German Culture was found. Switzerland never had German Culture introduced though.
I don't agree about the theory by the way.