e-Dossier: Stalin's death – The View of the Swiss diplomats

Am 5. März 1953 verstarb der Sowjet-Diktator Josip Stalin

«A couple of stout Soviets carried our very heavy, and for that matter very beautiful crown. The words “Swiss Federal Council”, written in golden letters, adorned it’s red and white ribbon. I walked behind them with my wife and party», as the Swiss emissary Camille Gorgé's states in his report to Bern, from 10 March 1953 (dodis.ch/9028, original in French).

1. October 2012
Event

Launch of volume 2 of the Quaderni di Dodis

Federal Councilor Max Petitpierre and the Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, July 1951

On October 1st, 2012 the launch of the latest volume of the Quaderni di Dodis, the academic journal of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland, will take place at the Federal Archives in Bern. The Historian Bernd Haunfelder publishes in volume 2 of the Quaderni di Dodis the political correspondence of the Swiss embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany during the Adenauer era.

10. August 2012
Communication

Swiss Foreign Policy, 1967–1969: New Volume Out Now!

Umschlagbild von Band 24 der DDS

For the most part, Felix Schnyder was happy with his work in Washington. «In an otherwise excellent relationship between Switzerland and the U.S., the only problem to cause unfriendly and critical remarks is the business of Swiss banks under the banner of our bank secrecy», the Swiss ambassador reported to Berne in December 1967.

Bank Secrecy as a Political Issue

25. July 2012
Press Review

When the Universal Postal Union was still in Swiss hands

Ausschnitt aus dem Logo des Weltpostverbands der UNO

From the founding year of 1874 up until the year 1966, the Berne-based Universal Postal Union (UPU) was presided by a Swiss. The election of the Egyptian Rahi broke with this tradition and caused turmoil in the political circles of the Federal Capital. Concerned with these events, an article based on research using the Dodis database was published in the “Berner Zeitung” on July 25 2012.

8. June 2012
Event

Die Schweiz anderswo

Un edelweis per la patria: Festa federale 1953 per gli svizzeri all'estero

Die Diplomatischen Dokumente der Schweiz haben zusammen mit der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts und Sozialgeschichte sowie der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde eine Veranstaltung zur Geschichte der Auslandschweizerinnen und -schweizer organisiert. Die Tagung fand am 8. Juni 2012 im Hauptgebäude der Universität Bern statt.

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