History

Over hundreds of years, Jewish life in Switzerland was marked by discrimination and persecution. The French revolution and the invasion of the French in 1798 led to an improvement of the situation of Jews in Switzerland and initiated their emancipation. Even though Jews were still discriminated against in the federal constitution of 1848, the partial revision of the federal constitution in 1866 granted Jews the freedom of establishment and their full citizen rights. The Jewish minority is now, after a long period of formal and informal marginalization, a socially and economically integral part of society.

History
19.10.2015 Factsheet Emanzipation PDF (16 kB)
19.10.2016 Abstimmungsresultat PDF (102 kB)

Contact

Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG)
Gotthardstrasse 65
P.O. Box 2105
8027 Zurich

T +41 (0)43 305 07 77
F +41 (0)43 305 07 66

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