Switzerland and the First World War
Founded in 2011, the association Switzerland in the First World War (La Suisse dans la Première Guerre mondiale/Die Schweiz im Ersten Weltkrieg) was founded on the occasion of the centenary of the First World War in 1914. It aims to analyse the history of Switzerland during this period and make it understandable to the public. The war also strongly influenced and changed neutral Switzerland. Yet this time is unknown to many Swiss.
Tensions between the social classes, between French and German-speaking Switzerland, between workers and peasants, officers and soldiers increased sharply during the four years of war. They culminated in the general strike of November 1918.
The exhibition shows these growing tensions not only in thematic chapters – economy, society, army and politics – but also using a visual scenography. Hundreds of photographs, documents, films and objects tell the story of a Switzerland that, although spared from war, had to face major political, economic and social challenges. (Information: www.grandeguerre.ch).