27. August 2018
Communication

«Journal d'un témoin»

Photo de couverture: Camille Gorgé, son épouse Rose et leur chauffeur sur une route des montagnes japonaises. Source: Archives de la famille Gorgé.

Ministre de Suisse à Tokyo de 1940 à 1945, Camille Gorgé fait figure de témoin privilégié de cette période tragique de l’histoire mondiale. Ses Mémoires inédits, intitulés «Débâcle au Soleil-Levant: Journal d’un témoin», ont été rédigés dans l’immédiat après-guerre à partir de ses souvenirs, notes personnelles, rapports officiels et correspondances.

27. June 2018
Event

Workshop – Editing diplomatic documents in a TEI-XML-World

Im Rahmen des weltweit ersten Scholarly Exchange Program des International Committee of Editors of Diplomatic Documents (ICEDD) fand am 27. Juni 2018 ein Workshop zum Thema «Editing Diplomatic Documents in a TEI-XML World» statt. Mit Dr. Joe Wicentowski (Foreign Relations of the United States, FRUS), Wolfgang Meier (eXist Solutions), Dr. Christiane Sibille und Prof. Dr. Sacha Zala (Dodis).

e-Dossier: The Bührle Affair

Janus-faced «mail from Switzerland»: This is how the satirical magazine Nebelspalter, on 11 December 1968 (p. 11), depicted the simultaneous supply of both war materials and relief aid from Switzerland to Nigeria.

For months, Fritz Real had been suspecting that large numbers of illegally exported Swiss anti-aircraft guns were used in the Nigerian civil war. Finally, on 12 June 1968, the Swiss ambassador in Lagos obtained the decisive clue «from a reliable source», «that clearly indicates a blatant violation of Swiss export provisions by Bührle & Co.»

11. May 2018
Communication

«Die Revolte der Jungen»

Buchcover von QdD 9 «Die Revolte der Jungen». Bild: Ludwig Binder, Studentenrevolte 1967/68, West Berlin, Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, 2001_03_0275.0007 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

«1968» fand nicht nur in Paris und Prag, sondern auch in Leuven, Lund und Londonderry, in Goiana, al-Mansura und Rawalpindi statt. Die Schweizer Diplomaten auf den Aussenposten in aller Welt nahmen die Proteste von Jugendlichen, die sich damals in verschiedenen Ländern ereigneten, als eine globale Bewegung wahr.

9. April 2018
Communication

Swiss Foreign Policy, 1973–1975: New Volume Out Now!

Couverture du volume 26 des DDS (1973–1975)

«This kind of foreign ministry, with no police protection, but with a peaceful vegetable market ante portas, is what Palestinians dream of», a functionary of the Fatah party remarked on leaving the federal parliament building in Bern in June 1973. He was visiting the Federal Political Department to establish a representation of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in Geneva.

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