Category: War/battle

22. April 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Showdown at the Simplon

by Raphael Rues

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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17. April 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Dried peas instead of gold bars

by Gabriel Heim

Shortly before the war ended, the Nazis managed to spirit away a hoard of gold they had stashed in Bern. The trail of all this precious metal goes cold in the basement of the German embassy.

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15. April 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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German prisoners of war in Switzerland

by Christophe Vuilleumier

After World War II, many German prisoners of war escaped to, and through, Switzerland. Swiss authorities responded in different ways: some of these fugitives were deported, while others were interned.

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6. April 2020

Modern Age | Politics

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Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno

by Erika Hebeisen

The political slogan ‘One for all. All for one’ has gained new relevance during the coronavirus crisis. The motto has its roots in the early 16th century.

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11. March 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Secret meeting in Ascona

by Raphael Rues

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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