Erasing the Fear from the Eyes: A Micro-Narrative on Emotions in Spanish Migration to Cold-War Switzerland

Prieto, Moisés (2020). Erasing the Fear from the Eyes: A Micro-Narrative on Emotions in Spanish Migration to Cold-War Switzerland. Emotions: History, Culture, Society, 4(2), pp. 252-278. Brill 10.1163/2208522X-02010095

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In the summer of 1964, Miguel Soto, a Spanish immigrant in Switzerland was arrested and imprisoned during his summer vacation in Spain due to his participation in an anti-francoist demonstration in Switzerland. This incident is the starting point for an inquiry on a particular set of adversities like denunciation, political surveillance, xenophobia and anti-communism politically committed foreigners were confronted with in their home country and in Switzerland, and the strategies they had to set up in order to overcome hostilities. Thus, an emotional regime reigned by fear becomes explicit, raising the question on its impact on immigrants’ lives, but also questioning the quality of democracy in post-war Switzerland. The article uses Soto’s biography as a portmanteau for Spanish immigrants committed in a struggle against the Franco regime and resorts to archive material from Spain and Switzerland as well as an oral history interview.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History

UniBE Contributor:

Prieto, Moisés


900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe








Moises Prieto

Date Deposited:

23 Sep 2020 11:32

Last Modified:

21 Dec 2020 08:01

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Fear Migration political surveillance Cold War Switzerland Francoism




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