Category: 20th / 21st century

7. August 2020

20th / 21st century | Economy

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The sunken village

by Michael van Orsouw

On 9 August 1924, the church at Innerthal was blown up. Then the floodwaters came. The reason for this was the growing demand for electricity in Switzerland and, as a result, the construction of a reservoir.

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10. July 2020

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Fighting the Nazis with the mighty pen

by Pia Schubiger

With its censorious satirical style, the Nebelspalter made a name for itself early on. Carl Böckli’s caricatures were particularly provocative, and in 1933 his work was banned in Nazi Germany.

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8. July 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Sempach 1940 – Souvenir des internés français

by Kurt Messmer

In 1940, General Guisan stood on the battlefield and called for resistance. Meanwhile, French internees wanted to sing the Marseillaise. Yet again, women were responsible for their welfare. ‘Allons les femmes de la patrie.’

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2. July 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Swift ascent at Lake Constance

by Sabine Ochaba

On 2 July 1900, the world watched spellbound as events unfolded at Lake Constance. At 8 p.m., Ferdinand Zeppelin’s first airship floated into the sky. Despite a few minor issues, the machine amazed people across the globe.

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30. June 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Serious crashes

by Michael van Orsouw

The 1920s were the decade of aviation. Air shows expressed visions of hope and expansion. But because of one fatal accident, aviation in Switzerland took a different direction, moving away from spectacle towards civil aviation. This change of direction happened exactly 100 years ago.

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