The Gilded Chateau

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The Gilded Chateau

By Jon Foyt, MBA ’55
Andrew Benzie Books, September 25, 2017

Sara Vogel, a student loan-strapped PHD candidate, seeks fulfilling, remunerative work in her chosen field, World History. Her advisor, Professor Skip Kincaid, now in declining health, urges Sara to continue his research on how and why wars are financed, with a specific focus on World War II. For personal reasons, Sara initially resists. But when a Think Tank in Geneva offers to fund and publish her dissertation in book form, she relents and accepts their proposal. Arriving in the Swiss Alps at the centuries-old Chateau Rougemont, Sara finds herself remarkably transported back in time to events that occurred there some 75 years earlier. Does she share her parents’ clairvoyant traits? How else to explain the appearance of an American pilot –her family’s former neighbor – reportedly downed by Nazi gunfire? Or the unforgettable sight of fields being covered by falling “red snow”? Pursuing clues revealed in a chateau servant’s diary, Sara unravels an incredible tale involving central bankers, the Bank for International Settlements, and shipments of gold among warring nations, notably to Nazi Germany. Incredibly, those very bankers—at war with one another by day—socialize together on wildflower hikes in Alpine meadows and over games of bridge in the chateau.

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