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Davos, Switzerland Sunday Mercury & Kunzle

keith jones

New Member
Hello I went to Davos in 1967 , I was ten at the time my name is Keith jones and I am from Birmingham . The lad I went with was John hemming , also from brum , my first time on this forum so any help our news would be a great help thanks .
 

Babs Graham

Brummie babby
Hello,
This is also my first time on this forum. I went to Pro Juventute in May1966 and moved to Caselva when it opened. I was almost 13 so they let me move there with the other teenagers. I flew out with 2 lads, Douggie and Keith (I think that was their names) and sadly Keith died. I don't remember you, do you remember me? Really hope I can find some of the people I was out there with. By the way, I am not from Birmingham, at the time I was from Hertfordshire. Best wishes, Babs
 

keith jones

New Member
Hello,
This is also my first time on this forum. I went to Pro Juventute in May1966 and moved to Caselva when it opened. I was almost 13 so they let me move there with the other teenagers. I flew out with 2 lads, Dougie and Keith (I think that was their names) and sadly Keith died. I don't remember you, do you remember me? Really hope I can find some of the people I was out there with. By the way, I am not from Birmingham, at the time I was from Hertfordshire. Best wishes, Babs
Hello , thanks for the reply I went over in march 67 I think I came home about oct that year , can't remember your name but it was a long time ago , I had my 10 th birthday in Davos , do you live in Birmingham at the moment .
 

Babs Graham

Brummie babby
I was delighted to read your thread, I was also in Pro Juventute from November 1965 - May 1968. I was there when the English children moved up to Caselva. As I said I went home in May 1968 but in 1971 I returned to Davos again and stayed in Sanatorium Sanitas where the elder patients stayed, and I went home again in 1973, so in all I've spent four and half years in Davos and can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. Dr. Hans Meyer was the doctor we were under, a real gentleman. We used to go tobogganing and ice-skating, also we went for lots of walks, and as you remembered the squirrels used to eat of our hands they were very tame. As I said I was deighted to come across this site as Davos has been in my toughts a lot lately and I don't seem to be able to find out much about it. I think you probaly went out there when I went home in May 1968 as I don't remember you but it 's nice to hear from someone who was there as well as they are great memories to have.
Do we know each other Gillian? I was at Pro Juventute in 1966 and moved to Caselva when it was opened. I wasn't quite 13, but they let me go with the teenagers.
 

Babs Graham

Brummie babby
Malcom do we know each other? I was in Pro Juventute from May 1966 and moved over to Caselva when it opened. I left in June/July 1967. Babs
 

little terror

proper brummie kid
No sorry I finished my tour in June 1965 , so we missed each other . Have you seen my photos ? I have now found a photo of Albert Schweizer snowman ,but the scan will not transfer to the site ,so if Mike or anyone wants to see it ,please contact me
 

Babs Graham

Brummie babby
Gosh you were young when you went to Davos. I never lived in Birmingham, I grew up in Hertfordshire and now live in Somerset. Maybe you could run some names by me of people you remember, we might know some of the same people as we were out there at the same time.
 

mhemery

master brummie
No sorry I finished my tour in June 1965 , so we missed each other . Have you seen my photos ? I have now found a photo of Albert Schweizer snowman ,but the scan will not transfer to the site ,so if Mike or anyone wants to see it ,please contact me
Hi Malcolm I would love to see your photo of the albert schweizer snowman I believe the reason they had it was because he had just died around the time we were there, try scaning the photo to your pc then upload to BHF all the best michael
 

little terror

proper brummie kid
Hi Malcolm I would love to see your photo of the albert schweizer snowman I believe the reason they had it was because he had just died around the time we were there, try scaning the photo to your pc then upload to BHF all the best michael
Hello Michael , The scan will not transfer to this site ,so I have posted it onto facebook page "people who went to Davos " Its a good site . I can print you off a better image if you want one , All the best Malcolm
 

steve hooper

proper brummie kid
Just found this facebook page after a notification on my e mail - great to see. (Why not upload these pictures to this site as well?) or should I join the facebook world?
Best Wishes
Steve
 

mhemery

master brummie
Hello Michael , The scan will not transfer to this site ,so I have posted it onto facebook page "people who went to Davos " Its a good site . I can print you off a better image if you want one , All the best Malcolm
Thanks for your reply Malcolm albert schwizer snowman Davos 1964.jpgas you can see I,ve got ur pic of albert s. it would be nice to have a better image if at all possible all the best Michael, and I forgot to say thank you for this image,
 

steve hooper

proper brummie kid
We have just returned from a visiit to Davos Platz and boy has it changed in 45 years only to be expected though. We stayed in a hotel called Waldhotel (which is easily the nicest hotel we have ever stayed in) which is only a stone's throw away from Pro Juventute and it was lucky that we went this year as redevelopment is upon these old sanitoriums. The sanitorium that I used to go to school in (which is on the left as you look up the hill) has been demolished and a plush new apartment block built so it looks like the old Pro Juventute sanitorium may be next to be developed. Casselva looks just the same and we were able to walk around it as it is now a youth hostel.

Looking for information on the old sanitoriums we met a very knowledgeable man who worked in the public library (which is very close to the English church) and we had a fascinating conversation with him about the history and development of Davos. He is very interested in this period of sanitorium life (asthma etc) as sadly this era is coming to a close. I will try to upload images etc that he has sent me and also post his e mail address. Hoping this is interesting to you. Steve

Timothy Nelson
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The short chronology of the Pro Juventute on the pages oft he inventory show that most of the buildings were purchased by Pro Juventute in the year 1929. Before that time they were rented. Some changes and renovations were carried out in the 40s, but most of what you saw in the sixties was more or less the condition from before the Second World War.

As an attachment I'm sending you eight photos of the various Pro Juventute buildings just above Schweizerhaus. The dates range fro the early 20s until the 80s, but you should be able to recognize all of the buildiungs owing to the fact that they remained largely unchanged during these years - quite a shock to see the area now, wasn't it?
 
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