Raphael Rues
Raphael Rues is a historian. He is currently working on his dissertation on the German-fascist presence in the regions of Ossola and Lake Maggiore.

22. April 2020

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Showdown at the Simplon

On 22 April 1945 Italian partisans, together with the Swiss secret service, foiled a plot to blow up the Simplon Tunnel. The German Wehrmacht had planned to destroy it.

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11. March 2020

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Secret meeting in Ascona

In March 1945, SS General Karl Wolff negotiated with the Allies over a German surrender in Italy. The secret meeting took place in Ascona.

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23. October 2019

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Ticino during the Second World War

On the border with fascist Italy, things were quite uncomfortable during the Second World War. But despite this, Ticino welcomed refugees with open arms and provided help on numerous occasions.

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16. October 2019

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The birth and death of the Partisan Republic of Ossola

The Partisan Republic of Ossola fought against fascism in 1944. Without help from Ticino, the fight would have been even more hopeless.

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