Polanski, Tax Cheats Put End to Swiss Myths: Celestine Bohlen

October 6th, 2009


Vladimir Lenin, Charlie Chaplin and Marc Rich found refuge in Switzerland. So did Roman Polanski, or so he thought up until he was arrested in Zurich on charges of having sex with a minor.

Switzerland’s reputation as a haven will never be the same. That is a good thing if political refugees such as Chaplin, who fled McCarthyism in the 1950s, still get due consideration. (Maybe Lenin should have been sent back to Russia.)

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