Bolivian journalist Veronica Ormachea Gutierrez claims that Bolivian tin mining baron Moritz Hochschild saved 10,000 Jews from death during World War II, ten more than the number saved by famous German industrialist Oskar Schindler.
Born in Germany in 1881, the “Bolivian Schindler” initially wanted to save 30,000 Jews.
In 1940, he wrote that he had managed to save between 9,000 to 10,000 Jews with the support of Bolivia’s military leader German Busch, a descendant of German immigrants. He helped them get visas and gave them jobs, housing, schools and other aid once they reached safety.
By the 1940s, Bolivia had 15,000 Jews, almost all of them refugees from Nazi Europe.