National Geographic : 1959 Aug
CHILDREN'S VILLAGE IN SWITZERLAND Pestalozzi Love and understanding give new meaning to life for the waifs of Europe Photographs by ALFRED LAMMER ILTING LAUGHTER echoes across green fields; carefree youngsters dart in and out of red-roofed chalets. The scene is Pestalozzi village, in the foothills of the Alps. Here dwell 220 children from France, Fin land, Austria, Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Hungary, and Germany, as well as from Swit zerland itself. Since opening its doors in 1946, the village has sheltered more than a thousand boys and girls 6 to 18 years old. World War II left hordes of homeless, haunted orphans wandering the face of Eu rope. For many, Pestalozzi was their only refuge. As they left the community, other youngsters took their places. The village inoculates its brood with the powerful serum of tolerance, teaching children of diverse nationalities to live together peace fully, to accept one another simply as fellow beings. Graduated with training in arts and crafts, they return to their homelands ready to play an active role in society.