«Wir riefen Arbeitskräfte, und es kamen Menschen», heisst das berühmte Diktum von Max Frisch aus dem Jahr 1965. Ganz ähnlich lauteten die Zeilen, die Bundesrat Hans Schaffner bereits 1964 an einen seiner Chefbeamten richtete: «Die Schweizer machen sich eben kolossale Illusionen, wenn sie glauben, wir könnten auf die Dauer nur die aktive, im Berufsleben stehende Bevölkerung des Nachbarstaates hereinnehmen.»
There are many ways in which Switzerland was confronted with the Nazi extermination of European Jews. From Hitler's rise to power in 1933 to the end of the War in 1945, numerous persecuted Jews attempted to seek refuge in Switzerland, temporarily at least. Again and again, officials were faced with complicated decisions.
The decisive step towards «Dodis 2.0» has been taken: in its continual efforts to renew the database, the research group of the DDS has brought together its front and back end technologies. Whereas so far, users only perceived small changes, «Dodis Reloaded» represents a definite milestone for the work of the research group.
Fifty years ago, on November 22, 1963, the U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Precisely when the news reached Bern, a dinner-reception was being held by Federal Councillor Hans Schaffner in honour of W. Michael Blumenthal, Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations of the U.S. Department of State.
From 1st to 5th October 2013, delegations from 5 continents came together for the 12th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents, which took place at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva. The high point of the Conference of Editors was the founding of the «International Committee of Editors of Diplomatic Documents».