1. Before reading The Swiss Courier, what did you know about the July 1944 assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life? What about German development of the atomic bomb?
2. What did you learn about WWII Switzerland that fascinated you?
3. Switzerland’s “official” position was neutral—meaning they didn’t align themselves officially with either the Allied forces (United Kingdom, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States) or the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan). Do you think Switzerland’s neutrality helped or hindered the Allies’ efforts to win the war?
4. Gabi Mueller, a Swiss farm girl turned spy, has an American father and a Swiss mother. How do you think her upbringing prepared her for the tasks ahead?
5. What is the significance, if any, of Gabi being a safecracker?
6. What is the significance of Gabi’s father being both a pastor and a furniture maker? How does that tie in with Ernst’s underground activities?
7. What is your first impression of Dieter Baumann, the Swiss agent heading up the American OSS office in Basel? When did your impressions change?