Homeless and travellers in Switzerland

Source: Brief von Alfred Siegfried, Zentralsekretär der Pro Juventute an das Polizeikommando des Kantons Aargau, 14. März 1938, publiziert in: Leimgruber Walter, Meier Thomas und Sablo-nier Roger, Das Hilfswerk für die Kinder der Landstrasse. Historische Studie aufgrund der Akten der Stiftung Pro Juventute im Schweizeri-schen Bundesarchiv, Bundesarchiv Dossier 9, Bern 1998, Anhang 10.
Source: Brief von Alfred Siegfried, Zentralsekretär der Pro Juventute an das Polizeikommando des Kantons Aargau, 14. März 1938.

Historical sources in the Swiss Federal Archives on the problematic handling of a transient population by the state and society.

Stateless people and travellers were viewed as a politico-social and a policing problem far into the 20th century. Representatives of a civil, residential society tried to force them to settle down, take on steady jobs and ensure their children attended school regularly. The welfare foundation "Pro Juventute" and its "Relief organisation for vagabond children" played an important role in these "re-education measures".

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