Mayer, Saly (1881-1950)

Swiss Representative of the JOINT

South Africa born Mayer, a Swiss lace manufacturer retired early in order to nourish his political ambitions. He headed the Union of Swiss Jewish Communities, the SIG Schweizer Israelitische Gemeinden until around 1940.  He was appointed as Swiss representative of the JOINT. As such, he became an essential - although for Kastner infuriatingly reluctant participant in the negotiations with Becher and with Roswell McClellan, President Roosevelt’s emissary for Refugees. After the war, Mayer continued as a JOINT director for liberated Central Europe. He died at age sixty-eight in 1950.

Back to the Cast