First World War: 100 years ago

Although neutral Switzerland stayed in the background during the First World War, it was surrounded by warring nations and couldn’t avoid being affected. One hundred years after war was declared, swissinfo.ch looks at the consequences on Swiss individuals and institutions between 1914 and 1918.

Experiencing conflict
Guy de Pourtalès (at left) on the battlefield of Ypres in January 1919

Eddie Rickenbacker

The WWI star pilot with Swiss roots

The biggest US flying ace of the First World War was the son of Swiss immigrants. A daredevil in the sky, he had to fight to become a pilot ...

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General Ulrich Wille
Daily life in wartime
"Three young girls from western Switzerland - gaily wearing their winning spring dresses." This postcard, part of an Easter series, was made by a Lausanne company in 1916. The colours of the dresses are obviously not a coincidence - nor is the use of the word 'winning'.

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.

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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. 

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