29.08.2014 – 26.10.2014
After looking at the period from 1900 to 1914 in Europe in a spring exhibition, the National Museum Zurich is now turning its attention to the era of the First World War, an event that rocked the world in its foundations early in the 20th century. As a neutral country, Switzerland was spared direct involvement in the military hostilities, but the political, economical and social repercussions of the war for Switzerland were enormous. As a consequence of inflation and shortages of all kinds, around 700,000 people found themselves dependent on public assistance in the summer of 1918.
The purchasing power of workers’ wages declined, and the workers were largely excluded from political decision– making. In November 1918, the social tensions in Switzerland ignited, leading to a general strike.
The exhibition focuses on the social aspects of events in this period, in particular the threat to national unity, the precarious food supply, progressive impoverishment and social conflicts, which are illustrated through photographs, films, documents, original objects and audio recordings. The exhibition was conceived by the association «Die Schweiz im Ersten Weltkrieg» (Switzerland in WWI): www.ersterweltkrieg.ch
Tue – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
Thu 10 am – 7 pm
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Children up to 16 years free of charge
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