University of Fribourg
April 19, 1952, Fribourg, Switzerland
Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland
Jean-Marie Musy (10 April 1876 – 19 April 1952) was a Swiss politician.
He was elected to the Federal Council of Switzerland on 11 December 1919 and handed over office on 30 April 1934. He was affiliated with the Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland.
During his time in office he held the Department of Finance and was President of the Confederation twice, in 1925 and 1930.
Musy was acquainted with Heinrich Himmler. Toward the end of World War II, the Germans were retreating and near defeat. At the request of two Swiss Orthodox Jews, Recha Sternbuch and her husband Yitzchak Sternbuch, and in coordination with them, Musy and his son Benoît Musy engaged in high level negotiations with the Nazis to rescue large numbers of Jews in the concentration camps. Musy was involved in the release of 1,210 prisoners from the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The group was saved after $1.25 million was placed in Swiss banks by Jewish organizations working in Switzerland. However, the money was never paid to the Nazis.
Another son, Pierre, received numerous equestrian competition titles and won the four-man bobsleigh gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.