›Das Boot ist voll!‹ (›The lifeboat is full!‹), this sentence was mouthed by many Swiss during the Second World War. Rhetorically garnished, it was an expression of the fear prevailing in much of the Swiss population of an over-alienation of the country through Jewish refugees seeking asylum. This asylum essential for their survival was not granted to the lion’s share of those who reached the country. The journalist and writer Alfred A. Häsler was one of the first to critically examine Switzerland’s asylum policy in 1967, and through this opened the eyes of a broad cross-section of the general population to this dark chapter in Swiss history. Roger de Weck wrote an extensive preface especially for this edition.
»That ›The Lifeboat is Full‹ is not just of historic interest is made clear by the recent discussions on the right of asylum.«Charles Linsmayer
»This essential book must remain in print!«Daniel Keel
»Like Oedipus who takes the wrong path to escape his fate, these refugees take the incorrect way: They rescue themselves by finding their own ruin. But Oedipus had other paths open to him, other than that to Thebes; but for these refugees, there was no other path open but into Switzerland.«Friedrich Dürrenmatt