Category: Featured

13. September 2019

20th / 21st century | Religion

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On God’s business in India

by Noëmi Crain Merz

From 1834 onwards, missionaries from Basel headed to India in their droves to convert the indigenous population to Christianity. The Basel Mission not only founded schools and hospitals in India, but also set up weaving mills and brickworks where the missionaries employed their Indian converts.

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30. August 2019

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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The dangerous business of Jules Bloch

by Christophe Vuilleumier

Swiss industrialist Jules Bloch exported ammunition components to France during the First World War. Germany attempted all kinds of intrigues to put an end to his dealings.

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28. August 2019

Modern Age | Religion

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The synagogues of Lengnau and Endingen

by Gabriel Heim

The first Jews settled in Lengnau and Endingen in the 16th century, and the country’s first synagogues were built in those villages.

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23. August 2019

Classical antiquity | Society

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The influential Camilli of Avenches

by Eva Carlevaro

What became of the Gallic tribes who continued to live in the territory of what is now Switzerland after the Roman conquest? Thanks to Roman inscriptions, we’re able to partly reconstruct the family tree of the Gallic Camilli family, who lived in Avenches around 2,000 years ago.

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21. August 2019

Modern Age | Religion

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The Rue du Parc synagogue in La Chaux-de-Fonds

by Gabriel Heim

In the late 19th century, La Chaux-de-Fonds was a popular destination for Jewish immigrants. This also benefited the watchmaking industry and the urban landscape, which gained the country’s largest synagogue.

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