One town has been marking the time 100 years ago when Switzerland welcomed tens of thousands of prisoners of war. Revisiting the place has been an emotional experience for some of their descendants.This content was published on June 22, 2016 - 11:00
- Deutsch Als die Schweiz Kriegsgefangene aufnahm
- Español Cuando Suiza abrió sus brazos a los prisioneros de guerra
- Português Quando a Suíça abriu seus braços aos prisioneiros
- 中文 当瑞士向战俘张开怀抱
- عربي عندما فتحت سويسرا ذراعيها لأسرى الحرب
- Français Quand Château-d’Oex ouvrait ses portes aux prisonniers de guerre
- Pусский «Добродетельная Гельвеция» и память Великой войны
- 日本語 スイスの山里、第１次大戦の捕虜受け入れから１００年しのぶ
- Italiano Quando un villaggio alpino apriva le sue porte ai prigionieri di guerra
Based on agreements with the belligerent nations, who paid the costs, 68000 sick and wounded British, French, German, Belgian, Canadian and Indian prisoners were interned for several months in sanatoria and hotels.
These were mainly located in Alpine tourist resorts, thus supporting an industry lying idle due to the great war. The programme underlined the usefulness of the Swiss neutrality policy.
One of the main centres for interned British was Châteux d’Oex in south-western Switzerland. Seven hundred sick and wounded British POWs arrived there at the end of May 1916.
The town has been marking the centenary with events attended by relatives of the internees. swissinfo.ch spoke to them.
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