Musy, Benoît (1917-1956)

Son of Jean-Marie Musy, a former president of Switzerland who accompanied his father during the closing days of the war and drove him to Himmler’s headquarters, through over nine hundred kilometers of war ravaged landscape each way, subject to attacks from the air and from the ground. Their objective was to negotiate for the release of twelve hundred Jews to Switzerland.  Benoît Musy was a military and civilian pilot, a Moto-Guzzi champion motorcycle racer as well as a champion race driver with his Maseratis, winning many major car races on Europe’s race courses.  In 1956, his racer crashed due to a malfunction, killing Benoît Musy at age thirty-nine.

 

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