Category: War/battle

14. February 2020

20th / 21st century | Politics

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The cipher machine Enigma and Switzerland

by Dominik Landwehr

In the Second World War, British specialists cracked almost every code – including that of the German cipher machine Enigma. Switzerland also used such machines.

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12. February 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Project 26

by Claudia Moritzi

In 1990, P-26 was uncovered. The mission of this clandestine cadre organisation was to whip up, strengthen and maintain the public’s spirit of resistance in the event of Switzerland being occupied.

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5. February 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Sirens, compressed air and spine-chilling howls

by Juri Jaquemet

Sirens wailing!? A worried glance at the clock. 1:30 p.m. precisely. Aha – siren test! Switzerland’s annual siren test takes place on the first Wednesday in February. But how long have we had sirens in Switzerland anyway, and what’s the history of this hair-raising means of communication?

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15. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Politics

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Banged up in the schoolhouse basement

by Katrin Brunner

In Niederweningen, Zurich, the basement of the schoolhouse was once used as a prison. Not everyone was happy about it.

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1. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Culture

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2020

by Andrej Abplanalp

Will we make history this year? Perhaps. In any case, the symmetry of dates indicates that we may be in for some special events, as a look at the past shows.

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