Jean-Luc Rickenbacher
Jean-Luc Rickenbacher is a historian and has previously worked for several Swiss museums, including for the Customs Museum in Gandria.

9. November 2018

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Peace at last!

After more than four years of violent conflict, the First World War came to an end on 11 November 1918. Social tensions in Switzerland had intensified drastically and culminated the next day in the general strike.

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7. November 2018

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Switzerland as a safe haven for pacifists

During the First World War, Switzerland increasingly became a place of refuge for pacifists. It was thus not only a neutral centre in Europe, but also the focus of countless intrigues.

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2. November 2018

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The Romandy/German peace divide

The outbreak of World War I split the Swiss Peace Society between the German-speaking and the Romandy, or French-speaking, sections. The conflict in which these two linguistic regions became embroiled, referred to as the ‘divide’, presented Switzerland with a crucial internal test.

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31. October 2018

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For peace in a time of war

The outbreak of World War I took Switzerland’s pacifists by surprise. Nevertheless, they intensified their efforts to bring about peace in Europe.

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6. April 2018

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The smuggler invasion

Smuggling on Switzerland’s southern border increased rapidly during the Second World War. People now began being smuggled over the border too.

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