"International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum" International Red Cross and Red Crescent Tip by Blatherwick

  The Hostages - Red Cross/Crescent Museum
by Blatherwick

This is one of the best museums in Europe. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum exhibits include a historical account of the founding of the movement, its predecessors, mementos from its activities around the world, and most interestingly records of prisoners of war from World War I. Mementos include promotional posters and artifacts made by prisoners visited by the movement. You are faced with but one chapter of the Red Cross/Crescent even before you enter the museum when you are confronted by the statues of 11 hostages just outside the main entrance. The museum uses video displays, slide-shows, interactive technology, and single images to convey the stories. The museum is refreshingly full of the ideology of human compassion without the usual slant of political systems.

Henry Dunant founded the Red Cross in Geneva in 1863, he needed a recognizable symbol to suggest neutrality. The Swiss flag (a white cross on a red field), with the colors reversed, ended up providing the perfect symbol for one of the world's greatest humanitarian movements. The symbol was amended to include the Crescent to make it more familiar to Muslim countries. Henry Dunant was awarded the very first Nobel Prize for Peace in 1901, and the International Red Cross subsequently won in the war years of 1917 and 1944 and in its centenary year in 1963.

Address: 17 Avenue de la Paix
Directions: From Cornavin Train Station take bus number 8, F, Z or V. Located in the same area as the United Nations.
Phone: 41227489511
Website: http://www.micr.ch

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 7, 2005
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