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SAHS REVIEW

CONTENTS - 2007

VOLUME 43


ISSUE 1 (February)

Halbrook, Stephen P. "The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich."

Swiss-American Historical Society. Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p4-30.

[Article]

Abstract: Discusses the ability of Switzerland to remain democratic during World War II through an analysis of oral histories of Swiss citizens, as well as some members of the Nazi intelligence service who were planning an invasion. The evidence reveals that the Nazi plans of attack were dissuaded in part by the presence of Switzerland's armed citizens and other defenses. This article contains portions of the author's book of the same title published in 2006.

Durrer, Gustav T. "Then and Now: Memories of a Long Life." 

Swiss-American Historical Society. Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p31-62. 

[Article]

Abstract: An autobiography of Gustav Durrer (1911-2001) with further notes completed by his wife Margot. 

James Peter Zollinger. Johann August Sutter: Der König von Neu-Helvetien, sein Leben und sein Reich. 
[Book Review by Caralinda Lee]
Swiss American Historical Society Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p63-66. 

​Michael SasdiMelchers Abschied. 
[Book Review by Leo Schelbert]
Swiss American Historical Society Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p66-67. 

SAHS Annual Report 2006

Swiss American Historical Society Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p68-93. 

[Reports]

ISSUE 2 (June)

Aregger, Manfred and Leo Schelbert. "From Escholzmatt, Canton Lucerne, to Chicago, Illinois: The Emigration of the Family Marbacher."

Swiss-American Historical Society. Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p5-55. 

[Article]

Abstract: Presents an English translation of Manfred Aregger's article "Familie Marbacher, Escholzmatt/Chicago," which was originally published in a Swiss journal in 2003. The article is based mostly on letters written by Josef and Anton Marbacher and follows the emigration of the extended Marbacher family while providing genealogical information on family members. Josef was the first of the Marbachers to emigrate, arriving in upstate New York in 1828 and finally settling in Chicago in 1836. The letters end in 1847, when the remaining members of the family came to the United States.

ISSUE 3 (November)

Winkler, Albert. "The Approach of the Black Death in Switzerland and the Persecution of Jews, 1348-1349."

Swiss-American Historical Society. Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p4-23. 

[ArticlePDF Available

Abstract: When the Black Death approached the Swiss states in 1348, the news of the approaching pestilence traveled faster than the Plague. This gave the Swiss time to react and try to prevent its arrival. The Swiss did not know what caused the Black Death, but they feared that the Jews were poisoning water wells in order to cause the plague. At Chillon and elsewhere, Jews were tortured for confessions, which were clearly worthless. In a climate of fear and severe prejudice, Jews were killed in numerous communities including Basel, Bern, Zurich, and Kyburg by being burned to death. Execution by burning people to death was a punishment usually used on heretics, not murderers, leaving the impression that the Jews were killed because of their religion and not for what they had supposedly done.

Fair-Schulz, Axel. "The Impact of Swiss Exile on an East German Critical Marxist."

Swiss-American Historical Society. Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p24-39. 

[Article]

Abstract: Discusses the impact of temporary Swiss exile during the 1930's-40's on Germans such as Stephan Hermlin (1915-97), a Marxist writer who settled in East Germany after World War II. The experience of exile allowed Hermlin to develop a dual identity as both a German and a German in exile, which aided in his later development of a complex dual identity as both a loyal and a dissenting East German.

Paldiel, Mordecai. Churches and the Holocaust: Unholy teaching, Good Samaritans, and Reconciliation.

[Book Review by Joy Laudie]

Swiss-American Historical Society. Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p40-42. 

Halbrook, Stephen P. The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich.

[Book Review by Louis B. Kuppenheimer]

Swiss-American Historical Society. Review. Feb2007, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p43-47.