Mouvement Anti-Apartheid Suisse (MAAS), the French-speaking branch, was founded on February 10, 1965 in Geneva/Meyrin. First MAAS-president was the CERN physician Michael John Pentz . (CERN is the world's largest particle physics laboratory). The Swiss German branch Anti-Apartheid Bewegung der Schweiz (Anti-apartheid Movement of Switzerland) (AAB) was established on 1 March 1975 with the secretariat was in Zurich. The AAB organized numerous demonstrations, protest actions, conferences and seminars Both branches were coordinated by a common National committee. In 1994 the name of the organization was changed to "AAB Südliches Afrika". The AAB-activities were prepared and organized by five working groups: 1. Sponsorship, 2. Tourism and Emigration, 3. Church, 4. Trade Unions, 5. Information. The initiators of the Anti-Apartheid-Mouvement in Switzerland had mainly a religious background. AAB activities were supported by various religious and social organizations like autonomous local Third World Groups. AAB published the periodical Anti-Apartheid-Nachrichten (since 1995: AAB Nachrichten Südliches Afrika).
Title: Mouvement Anti-Apartheid Suisse (MAAS) / Anti-Apartheid Bewegung der Schweiz (AAB) Time Span: 1974 - 2003 Media: 3.0 meters Description: Records include minutes, correspondence, newsletters, press releases, periodicals, brochures, leaflets, conference papers, campaign files and material about economic relations between Switzerland and South-Africa. The archives include documents related to the trade relations between Switzerland and South Africa (banks, various Swiss enterprises, tourism) and documents related to different activities, approximately 1977-1991 (conferences, symposiums, parliamentary raids, petitions, fruit boycott).