The city of Zurich is known for its beautiful scenery, the winding streets of its old town and its many banks. On the other hand, only few of its inhabitants and less so temporary visitors are aware of the tumultuous history of Zurich. In the last two hundred years, Zurich has been the site of bloody battles and coup d’états and a fertile ground for revolutionaries and terrorists. The tour leads through the stations of this troubled and relatively unknown part of the history of Zurich from the times of the French Revolution until today.read more...
Zurich was the home of a thriving Jewish community in the Middle Ages until its brutal destruction. For more than four hundred years, Jews were only welcomed temporarily as advisers to the Protestant Reformers or as merchants. In 1862, Jewish life finally returned to the city. The arrival of poor Jews from Eastern Europe strengthened the community, but led to tensions. Many Jews achieved rapid success in science, commerce and arts. Despite this, the lives of the city’s Jews were not without worries: Anti-Semitism, the rise of National-Socialism and later terrorism repeatedly.
The Reformation was a seminal event in the history of the Western World. Besides Luther and Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, the pastor at the Grossmünster in Zurich, was one of its leading characters. Since 1519, he spread his own version of the Reformation in Switzerland. Zwingli’s teachings split the country and eventually led to civil war, resulting in his violent death. His legacy nevertheless survived and influenced the history of Zurich and Switzerland for centuries.
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