The Federal Council has nothing to do with witches

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The Anna Goldie Museum in Glarus commemorates the woman who was the last woman exposed to witchcraft in Switzerland.

Under torture, he admitted to using the powers of Satan. In 1782, a court in Glarus sentenced Anna Goldie to death by sword for witchcraft. Allegation: The maid allegedly stuck a pin several times in the milk of one of her master’s daughters. The girl also hit the nails several times. Goldie’s death was the witches’ last legal execution and sparked outrage across Europe.

“The witch hunt is a dark chapter in human and Swiss history,” says the Federal Council. Yet, he has no interest in officially celebrating the victims of the witch hunts throughout Equality history. Others should do it, he said in response to an approach from the national environmental adviser Leonor Porchet (33).

Nearly 3,000 people have been charged in Switzerland.

Porchet recalled that between 1430 and 1660 in Switzerland around 3000 people were accused of witchcraft – mostly women. The subject occupies an important place in the history of women. It is about raising awareness and celebrating the importance of equality, human rights, independence and integrity of the judiciary.

“How long and how long this period of our history should be known to the general public,” Porchett believes. Moreover, French-speaking Switzerland is the region of Europe with the highest number of people executed for witchcraft.

“An injustice of vast proportions”

Switzerland will by no means play a leading role if Switzerland enters into this dark chapter of its history. Last spring, the Scottish government did more than apologize for an “injustice of enormous proportions”. Those sentenced to death for witchcraft between the 16th and 18th centuries should also be pardoned retroactively. Officers must admit their misconduct during the prosecution.

The Catalan regional parliament passed a resolution on the resettlement of more than 800 women earlier this year. They were accused of practicing witchcraft between the 15th and 17th centuries.

The federal government will have enough role models

And there are also examples in Switzerland from which the Federal Council can draw inspiration. Porches are mentioned, for example, in the Katherine Ripond Square in Freiburg, the Wich Tour in Zurich or the Anna Goldie Museum in the canton of Glarus.

The government and the responsible Interior Minister, Alain Burset (50), explain that Parliament is currently discussing the construction of a National Women’s Museum. “In this context, the persecution of witches can also be dealt with appropriately,” the state government said. However, it is not for the federal government to investigate how best to tell the story of the witch hunt. Let others do it. (dba)

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