Korea collection

Panmunjom, Korea. Signpost to the buildings of the NNSC delegations of Sweden and Switzerland. Roof of the peace pagoda in the background. Photograph by Pierre Barbey 1967/68.
Panmunjom, Korea. Signpost to the buildings of the NNSC delegations of Sweden and Switzerland. Roof of the peace pagoda in the background. Photograph by Pierre Barbey 1967/68.

Specific peace support – how did Swiss soldiers experience their mission in Korea? The Korea collection provides insight into the work and daily routine of the Swiss NNSC-delegation.

Swiss military personnel has been stationed in Korea since 1953. Then, when the Korea War was over, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland and Czecholslovakia accepted the task to monitor the armistice between North and South Korea.

For this purpose these neutral states formed two commissions:
the NNSC (Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission for the Armistice in Korea) and the NNRC (Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission for Prisoners of War, 1953-1954).

Switzerland‘s involvement in the Korea-Mission is the oldest peace-keeping mission of the Swiss Armed Forces and even today Switzerland is still engaged in confidence-building between the two Koreas with five 5 NNSC delegates.

Former Korea Mission delegates founded in 1954 the Korea Association, whose archive can be found in the BiG since 1999. The operations of Swiss officers in Korea are primarily portrayed by private documents, diaries, films, photo albums and slide collections. They also give an account of personal impressions and journeys to remote parts of Asia.

The Korea collection inventory is not listed in the library’s catalogue. But the catalogue of the Korea collection can be studied at the library.


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