Compulsory social measures as a dark chapter in Swiss history. One special stamp introduced by Swiss Post

September 10th, 2016

Compulsory social measures and forced fostering prior to 1981 are a dark chapter in Swiss social history. To remember this period Swiss Post has prepared for issuing a special stamp that encourages people all around the world to avoid such mistakes in future. invites our readers to appreciate this historically loaded philatelic item.

Many children and adolescents suffered and were unjustly treated during this time; their physical, psychological and sexual integrity and their mental development were, in part, severely impaired, and many of them still suffer from the consequences of their experiences.

The story of these victims is now being addressed and examined politically and academically, and the public is becoming aware of the injustice done to many of the institutionalized, fostered, or indentured children.