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Fascinating Historical Photos of Switzerland in 1953

Switzerland emerged as one of the most prosperous nations in Europe after World War II. Following the war, Swiss neutrality and politics were compromised internationally due to Switzerland’s association with Germany. Switzerland had made a name for itself as an anticommunist country during the interwar period, and the Soviet Union granted diplomatic recognition reluctantly. In 1946, the western Allies, especially the United States, forced Switzerland to compensate the looted western European banks with the equivalent of 250 million Swiss francs. In light of this, Switzerland decided not to join the United Nations (UN), which maintained offices in Geneva.

The Swiss economy grew by approximately 5 percent annually in the 1950s and 1960s, with little unemployment. A significant portion of foreign policy during this time was focused on negotiating bilateral trade agreements. Swiss authorities considered building a nuclear bomb during the Cold War. Paul Scherrer, a leading nuclear physicist at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, made this a realistic possibility. Due to budget constraints, substantial funds could not be allocated, so the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968 was considered an alternative. By 1988, all remaining nuclear weapons plans had been abandoned.

Below are some fascinating historical photos of Switzerland in 1953.

#9 Hofkirke at end of Schweizerhof Quai- Lucerne, Switzerland, 1953

#10 Building in Old Town 16th Century Style of Central, Switzerland, 1953

#12 Hotel Des Balances and Others- Lucerne, Switzerland, 1953

#21 Lauterbrunnen- Very Old building, Switzerland, 1953

#23 From Train to Scheidegg-Above Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, 1953

#24 Bellevue Hotel at Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland, 1953

#25 Car to Jungfrau at Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland, 1953

#35 Zurich and Suburbs from mountains, Switzerland, 1953

#38 River from Burki-Platz- Zurich, Switzerland, 1953

#42 Band on Bahnhofstrasse- Zurich, Switzerland, 1953

#44 Restaurant-Boats for Hire- Zurich, Switzerland, 1953

#45 Typical Square- Old Section- Zurich, Switzerland, 1953

#50 Haying in Engelberg- Switzerland, Switzerland, 1953

#54 Car First Stage to Mt Titlis Engelberg, Switzerland, 1953

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