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Anarchists in Switzerland Part 6 How a Montreux bank heist led to calls for the death penalty

In the early 1900s Switzerland was rocked by a wave of terror incidents by foreign anarchists living in the Alpine country.

150th birth anniversary When Gandhi visited Switzerland

Gandhi spent five days in Switzerland (December 6-11, 1931) at the home of his friend Nobel-prize-winning French writer Romain Rolland. 

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From our Archives How we reported the outbreak of the Second World War

To mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, we dug into our archives to see how our predecessors at Switzerland's Short ...

François Bonivard In the footsteps of the real prisoner of Chillon

Château de Chillon is the most-visited monument in Switzerland. Its reputation is due in large part to Lord Byron’s poem, The Prisoner of Chillon.

ANARCHISTS IN SWITZERLAND part 5 Murder at the Grand Hotel: a deadly mix-up

In 1906, a young Russian woman shoots a French businessman in a hotel in the Swiss mountain village of Interlaken.

Problem groups How to rescue a loved one from a sect

Are you worried that someone you know is drifting away after joining a sect? Swiss helpline Infosekta answers some of our readers’ questions.

50 year anniversary Switzerland and the first Moon landing

Switzerland is marking 50 years since man first set foot on the Moon. How did the event influence the country?

First moon landing The beautiful lunar toy from Bern

The first manned mission to the moon was also one giant leap for the University of Bern, which helped to clear up a misconception about the Big Bang.

Dark chapter in history Portraying survivors of a cruel Swiss care system

Innocent citizens who did not fit in with the norms of Swiss society were placed in orphanages, prisons or detention centres up until 1981.

covering the capital of peace When League of Nations reporters put Geneva on the map

100 years ago, the League of Nations was born, and journalists flocked to Geneva to cover this first global peacekeeping organisation.

#swisshistorypics A century of Circus Knie

One hundred years ago, Circus Knie gave its first performance in the Swiss capital, Bern.

Stories of Swiss diplomacy When the death of a diplomat challenged Swiss neutrality

Forty years ago, Hugo Wey was shot dead in El Salvador, a sign that Swiss neutrality could not protect diplomats from the fallout of local conflicts.

Trouble recruiting An uncertain future for Swiss soldiers guarding the Pope

Every May, a new batch of young Swiss Roman Catholic soldiers swears allegiance to the Pope. In recent years their numbers have been dwindling.

Anarchists in Switzerland: part 4 When bombs shook Geneva

​​​​​​​In the early 1900s, Geneva was the site of two explosions. Both of them were the work of anarchists amid turbulent times for Switzerland.