Stefan Mächler

Swiss historian of the modern age and author

1957   -  

country of citizenship: Switzerland
language of expression: Swiss German
educated at: University of Zurich
occupation: historian of the modern age, non-fiction writer

Stefan Mächler (born May 30, 1957 in Baden, Switzerland) is a Swiss historian and expert on anti-Semitism and Switzerland's treatment of Holocaust refugees during and after World War II. Maechler studied history and German literature at the University of Zurich. He was commissioned by the Schocken Books specializing in Judaica to conduct a full-scale investigation into the life of writer Binjamin Wilkomirski whose memoir Fragments, published by Schocken in 1996, sparked international controversy. Maechler studied hundreds of personal documents, and has interviewed eyewitnesses and families of survivors in seven countries. He was given unrestricted access to government files, and subsequently, discovered facts that completely refuted Wilkomirski's bestselling book as a forgery. Maechler published his findings in a book called The Wilkomirski Affair: A Study in Biographical Truth by Schocken Books, New York, in 2001 (496 pp.); originally in the German language as Der Fall Wilkomirski: über die Wahrheit einer Biographie by Pendo Verlag AG, Zurich, 2000. Maechler lives and works in Zurich.
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