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Switzerland and Jewish refugees: reports by JUNA and other material

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 592
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Switzerland and Jewish refugees: reports by JUNA and other material
Date(s): 1930s-1970s
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 5 files
Name of creator(s): Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebund: Jüdische Nachrichten (JUNA)


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.


Scope and content/abstract:

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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
German French

System of arrangement:

Chronological by deposit.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

JUNA archive held at Archiv für Zeitgeschichte, Switzerland (

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2007

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