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Idy Hegnauer (12 September 1909 - 19 November 2006)[1] was a Swiss nurse and peace activist, who worked for Service Civil International.

Idy Hegnauer
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Idy Hegnauer in 1950.
Born(1909-09-12)12 September 1909
Obfelden, Switzerland
Died19 November 2006(2006-11-19) (aged 97)
Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland
Years active1930s - 1980s

Personal lifeEdit

Hegnauer was born in Obfelden, Switzerland.[1] She was the daughter of Jakob Häberling, who worked as a carpenter, and Marie.[1] Hegnauer was a Quaker.[1] She died in 2006 in Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland.[1]


During the Spanish Civil War, Hegnauer enlisted in the Service Civil International (SCI), and worked in Valencia.[2] After the Second World War, Hegnauer worked with the American Friends Service Committee during the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. She helped villagers in Tur'an, Israel, providing them with medical assistance.[2][3] In 1960, she did a presentation on Algerian refugees in Tunisia, whilst working in the country during the Algerian War.[4][5] Hegnauer helped to raise 900,000Fr. for the SCI.[2] After the Second World War, Hegnauer also worked in Greece, India, Austria and Yugoslavia.[1][2] From 1980-84, she worked at a children's hospital in Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Hegnauer, Ida". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (in German). 29 November 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Idy Hegnauer" (in German). Service Civil International. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  3. ^ Gallagher, Nancy (2007). Quakers in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Dilemmas of NGO Humanitarian Activism. The American University in Cairo Press. pp. 140–141. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ Pas, Nicolas. La guerre d'Algérie vue des Pays-Bas (1954-1962). Vingtième Siècle : Revue d'histoire [fr] (in French). 86. pp. 43–58. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Haarlem's Dagblad &#124 20 september 1960". Haarlems Dagblad (in Dutch). 20 September 1960. Retrieved 28 December 2018.