Strassburger memorial

Basel, Switzerland

Strassburger memorial

The Strassburger memorial is a monument in Basel established in memory of the help the civil population of Strassburg received from Switzerland during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870-1871. It was modeled by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and is located in a park across the Basel railway station.

As in August 1870 the Prussian General August Leopold Karl Wilhelm von Werder (1808-1887) ordered the artillery to target city of Strasbourg, it caused politicians from nearby Basel to assist the civilian victims. An auxiliary committee was set up and met in Basel on the 4 September 1870 other associations with the same goals also met in Bern and Zurich. The three committees joined forces in their aim to help the civilians in Strassburg. On September 8, the mayors of Bern Otto von Büren, and Zürich, Dr. Melchior Römer went to Strasbourg with the support of the Swiss Federal Council. At the German headquarters, they successfully presented their request to General von Werder. In the weeks after 15 September the Swiss delegation managed to get almost 1,800 civilians out of the embattled city.

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