‘Bolivian Schindler’ saved some 9,000 lives during Holocaust, newspapers testify

Out of dust-covered old-fashioned records found in a La Paz, Bolivia warehouse has come out the amazing storey of Mauricio Hochschild, a German immigrant and mining tycoon who helped thousands of Jews escape from the Nazis in the late 30 s.

Hailed by the local media as the Bolivian Schindler, Hochschild left behind a trove of registers and photographs that document his leading role in saving at the least 9,000 lives. In many cases he paid for their roam and initial accommodations out of his own pocket.

The discovery is all the more surprising because in his time Hochschild was denigrated as a ruthless tycoon.


These newspapers are going to change many things of the Bolivian record; the political ramifications are hitherto to go, alleged Edgar Ramirez, the archive administrator of the Mining Corporation of Bolivia( Comibol ). Hochschild was the bad guy.

Hochschild was born in Biblis, western Germany, in 1881 and endeavoured to Bolivia in 1921 tempted by his love of mountain climbing.

A Jew himself, he amassed his fortune chiefly through tin mining “hes one” of Bolivias Barons of Tin and became an influential figure in political circles. Thats how in 1938 he influenced President German Busch to provide especial visas to Jewish migrants who were fleeing Europe amid intensifying Nazism. He argued they could contribute to the countrys action proletariat, particularly in the farming sector.

Ramirez said he conceives Hochschild had high connections with the Resistance.

I am convinced that Hochschild was part of the anti-fascist apparatus, Ramirez told Fox News. In guild to do what he did he had to be a soul connected with resistance movements “thats been” operating around the world.


The documents show Hochschild likewise residence some of the newcomers in his mining conglomerate and put up institutions for the children in La Paz. One handwritten letter on behalf of the children expects Hochschild to expand their facility “in view of the number of children who are here and others who want to come.”

Organizing and registering the Hochschild certificates was a titanic project, Ramirez replied, because they had been left exposed to the elements and in ended disarray. He said they were mixed up with scrap and all kinds of unrelated material.

After being moved at least twice throughout the decades, the giant piling of documents was found in a Comibol storage warehouse.


When we started rescuing the documentation, everything was mixed: mixed with entitles and deeds, with containers, with garbage, Ramirez remembered. A selection was realized, the material was categorized and that is when the experience takes place.

He said the papers demo Hochschild established two organizations directly related to the aid endeavour: the Society for the Protection of Israeli Immigrants( SOPRO ), dedicated to obtaining funds for the Jewish pedigrees, and the Colonization Society of Bolivia( SOCOBO ), which oversaw an agricultural job in Nor Yungas, where he bought three estates to receive the Jews.

Was he a charitable male? I have a question mark there because Hochschild is considered the worst of the three Tycoons of Tin; they say he was short-tempered, he didnt pay taxes, he employed his personnel, replied Ramirez.

The other two mining kings were Victor Aramayo and Simon Patino. All three were responsible for over half of world tin make at the time.

Things changed fairly drastically for service industries in the mid-4 0s, when the governmental forces legislated a statute requiring more taxation contribution from mining corporations. Hochschild refused to comply and ended up in prison. After his secrete in 1944, he left Bolivia for the United States and never returned.

He died in Paris in 1965, by then owner of a worldwide territory still prospering today.

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