Switzerland and Jewish refugees: reports by JUNA and other material

Scope and Content

Jüdische Nachrichten dossiers on Jewish asylum during the Nazi persecution: 592/1: Folder containing material from the dossier of Armand Brunschvig arranged under the following headings: Rejection of Jewish refugees; Geneva Regional Command and Reception Camp; various accounts regarding refugee experience in Switzerland

592/2: Folder containing dossier entitled 'What was known about the fate of the Jews in Switzerland'

592/3: Folder containing dossier entitled 'Swiss asylum policy with respect to Jewish refugees'

592/4: Copy documentation concerning the case of Dr Alfred Bergmann, KPD member, who in April 1940 was handed over to the Gestapo by a Swiss police officer, and discovered dead a few days later. The collection includes a copy trial judgement from the Swiss central criminal court, 29 January 1969 and various copy press cuttings

592/5: Copy documentation regarding anti-Nazi activities of the Swiss.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jüdische Nachrichten ( Jewish News ), was founded by the Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebund (Swiss Association of Jewish Communities), Zürich, as its press office in 1936, to confront Nazism but also to address growing anti-semitism in Switzerland. To this end it produced news bulletins in German and French and distributed them to numerous editorial offices throughout Switzerland.

Under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin Sagalowitz (1938-1964) JUNA amassed a large archive of documentation concerning the Holocaust and the fate of Jewish refugees and other related subjects. Parts of this archive were used to create the three dossiers in this collection.


Chronological by deposit.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

The collection comprises 3 separate deposits: 592/1-3 was deposited by Benjamin Sagalowitz; 592/4 was deposited by W.Nelki; 592/5 was depsoited by Laurent Favre

Other Finding Aids

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

592/4-5 also on microfilm

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Separated Material

JUNA archive held at Archiv für Zeitgeschichte, Switzerland (www.afz.ethz.ch).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

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