Experiencing conflict

First World War Switzerland’s armistice memories, carved in stone

On Sunday, many countries are celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War. Monuments to the fallen have a special place.

Wartime Christmas Silent Night in the trenches and barracks

December 25, 1914 was the first Christmas of the First World War. Morale was low among the Swiss soldiers who were guarding the country’s borders.

Switzerland’s Belle Époque Workers fail to profit from golden era

The period before the First World War, known as the Belle Époque, was characterised by optimism, peace, new technology and scientific discoveries.

First World War 1914: how war changed Swiss life

The first cars rattled over dusty roads, crackling telephones connected people, trams weaved through booming cities – at the start of 1914, ...

War record How the ICRC stood by First World War prisoners

Geneva, September 1914. Handed a list of names of captured soldiers, a typist at the International Prisoners-of-War Agency (IPWA) fixes an index ...

Daily life in wartime

Cabaret Voltaire Dada: artists’ response to WWI

Zurich was the birthplace of the Dada movement and its opposition to the cultural values artists believed had led to the First World War. 

First World War How propaganda flooded Switzerland during WWI

The gaping cultural divide between German-speaking Switzerland and the rest of the country during the First World War was exploited by internal ...

Different battle The WWI women who fought for recognition

Their catering skills helped them launch a canteen empire, but these pioneering Swiss women found it wasn’t enough to earn them the right to vote.

1914 Swiss press review Outbreak of war revealed divisions among the Swiss

One hundred years ago, in an attack that would spark the bloodiest war the world had ever seen, Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated ...

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