«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).
The world holds its breath: When in October 1962 the Soviet Union built missile facilities on Cuba for intermediate-range missiles which could have reached Washington and the United States headed for open confrontation, the world came close to a third and nuclear world war.
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.
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
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.
1962 endete nach acht Jahren der blutige franko-algerische Krieg mit der Unabhängigkeit Algeriens von der einstigen Kolonialmacht Frankreich. Die Schweiz hatte einen entscheidenden Beitrag zum friedvollen Ende des Konflikts - der Unterzeichnung des Waffenstillstandvertrags vor fünfzig Jahren, am 18. März 1962 in Evian - geleistet.
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.
On 17 January 2012, the DDS - in collaboration with the Swiss Helsinki Committee for Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights and foraus Forum de politique étrangère - organised a thematic evening event on the role the Swiss diplomacy played during the Conference and in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE/OSCE).