Tag Archives: Switzerland

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland

Logo DDS WW1The digital collection Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) is a searchable online version of the scholarly edition of sources for the history of Swiss diplomacy. The search interface of the DDS database gives you refined search possibilities with a free text field, selections from drop down lists and radio buttons. A predefined search for documents for the period 1914-1918 yields some 550 results. You can for example limit your search to terms within certain types of documents, or search for their appearance in the DDS bibliography. There is a special search interface for this bibliography. The links selection brings you to other institutions dealing with Swiss history and culture and their digital collections, and to similar projects elsewhere in Europe. The website and the database of DDS can be viewed in German, French, Italian and English.

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland

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Das Kriegstagebuch des Alfred Hermann Fried

Photo of Alfred Hermann FriedThe digital project Das Kriegstagebuch des Alfred Hermann Fried brings a digital version of the diaries kept by Alfred Hermann Fried (1864-1921), an Austrian journalist and pacifist. Fried received in 1911 the Nobel Prize for Peace. He worked with Bertha von Suttner. He also promoted Esperanto. During the First World War his views were not very welcome in Austria, and he had to take refuge in Switzerland. Fried had access to numerous newspapers. The digital project gives a searchable version (Volltextsuche) of his diaries running from August 1914 to June 1919; you can choose the entry for a particular date from the calendar. The diaries can only be viewed in German.

Das Kriegstagebuch des Alfred Hermann Fried

Fotosammlung 1. Weltkrieg

Logo MemoriavThe digital collection Fotosammlung 1. Weltkrieg has been created by Memoriav, a Swiss consortium of five cultural institutions with the goal of describing, preserving and digitizing audiovisual materials from Switzerland.  Among the digital collections is the Fotosammlung 1. Weltkrieg with some 5,100 images dating between 1914 and 1918 from the holdings of the Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv in Bern (Bestand E 27, Landesverteidigung). The photographs were taken by photographers attached to the geographical-archival section of the Swiss army staff. You can search these images using a free text field or with an expert search while restricting the search to this image collection (the first collection in the tree structure in the section with photographs). You can also browse the entire collection.  The website provides an introduction to this collection (only in German). The digital collection can be viewed in German, English, French and Italian, but search terms have to be entered in German.

Fotosammlung 1. Weltkrieg

14-18: La Suisse en cartes postales

Logo 14-18 cartes postalesThe digital collection 14-18: La Suisse en cartes postales has been created at the Université de Fribourg with postcards from the holdings of the Swiss National Library in Bern. The postcards have been arranged around six themes, such as the image of Switzerland itself, war and daily life, politics and military affairs, humanitarian aid, propaganda and satire. The website can only be viewed in French.

14-18: La Suisse en cartes postales

Stelvio-Umbrail 14-18

Logo Stelvio-Umbrail VereinThe museum and society Stelvio-Umbrail 14-18 aim at presenting the remains from the First World War of the Swiss fortifications along the Stelvio pass. The society has a museum in Santa Maria-Val Mustair, and has created a network of footpaths in the Alps. The website presents a number of panoramic photographs of the Swiss defense line in the Alps, and there is an image archive. The website can be viewed in German, Italian and Rhetoroman.

Stelvio-Umbrail 14-18

Netzwerk Museen: 2014 Erster Weltkrieg

Logo Netzwerk MuseenThe Netzwerk Museen / Réseau des Musées organises in 2014 some twenty exhibitions on the theme 2014 Erster Weltkrieg / Premìère Guerre Mondiale. The Netzwerk Museen unites 22 museums in towns along and near the Rhine in France, Germany and Switzerland. This cooperation started in 2012 as a part of the EU-project Interreg Oberrhein / Rhin supérieur. The network is supported by the initiative Museums-PASS-Musées and led by the Dreiländermuseum in Lörrach. The website can be viewed in German and French.

2014 Erster Weltkrieg / Premìère Guerre Mondiale