CV HANS FÄSSLER
Postal address: Hans Fässler, Cunzstrasse 31, 9016 St.Gallen, Switzerland
Phone numbers: +44(0)71 288 39 52 (private)
+44(0)71 343 61 25 (school)
+44(0)78 753 72 77 (mobile)
e-mail: hans.faessler [at] kst.ch
Hans Fässler was born in 1954 in St.Gallen, Switzerland, where he still lives.
He is married and has two sons.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
attended primary and secondary schools and four years of state grammar
school in St.Gallen and graduated with "Matura B". He studied English
Language and Literature as well as History (General, British and
American) at the University of Zurich from 1974 to 1982 and was a
German language assistant in Penarth, Wales, from 1977 to 1978.
received his M.A. (lic.phil. I) in English and History in 1983 (with an
M.A. paper on "Reform and Revolution in Percy B. Shelley's Poetry") and
his Teacher's Diploma for State Grammar Schools in 1986 from Zurich
He has teaching experience at various levels
(kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, grammar school,
language courses for adults, vocational school). He has been a teacher
of English and History at Appenzell Ausserrhoden's state grammar school
in Trogen since 1992.
joined the SPS (Social Democratic Party of Switzerland) in 1978, was a
member of St.Gallen's cantonal parliament (state legislature) from 1984
to 1994 and was general secretary of the cantonal party organisation as
well as a member of its executive council from 1986 to 1993. He has
been a member of the Union of Public Workers since 1979 and is
currently president of the Grammar School Teacher's Union of Appenzell
He was an activist with the Swiss AAM (Anti-Apartheid
Movement) and a co-founder of the Association for the Rehabilitation of
Paul Grüninger, the former chief of St.Gallen's police-force, who in
the years 1938/1939 saved several hundred Jewish and other refugees'
lives from Nazi persecution and extermination.
The Swiss political
police had Hans Fässler observed and kept a file on his political
activities in the years 1980–1989. He was charged with illegally
picketing one of the major Swiss banks on account of cooperating with
the apartheid system, but was later acquitted.
was a guitarist and a singer-songwriter in a number of folk-bands and
performed his first satirical one-man show in 1980: "CCCP - Chalte
Chrieg Cabarettistisches Programm", centering on the Cold War period in
In 1986 he presented his second satirical one-man show
"Geschwindigkeit - Faschismus - Autobahn" on acceleration as described
by the French philosopher Paul Virilio, on fascism and the history of
the motorway. It caused a scandal on the occasion of its first night in
St.Gallen's municipal theatre. In 1991 he satirized the Swiss army (in
which he served as an infantryman) with "Nicht ganz hundert -
Anmerkungen zur Armee 95".
In 2003 he produced "Louverture stirbt 1803", a historical one-man show
on the life and death of the Haitian liberator Toussaint Louverture
(1743-1803) and on Swiss participation in transatlantic slavery. In
November of the same year he was invited to Port-au-Prince by the
Haitian foreign ministry to participate in a conference on slavery and
He then started work on a book on Switzerland's role
in slavery and the slave trade and launched a media and parliamentary
campaign in Switzerland to put that topic on the political agenda. In
January 2005 he delivered a speech on Swiss involvement in slavery at
an international colloquium on "Transatlantic Echoes" at the University
Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal). His book "Reise in Schwarz-Weiss.
Schweizer Ortstermine in Sachen Sklaverei" (Travels in black and white.
Swiss dates with slavery) was published in October 2005 by
Rotpuntkverlag of Zurich. It has been translated into French by
Claudine Layre für Editions Duboiris of Paris and was published in
Hans Fässler has toured Switzerland with his book and
delivered a number of lectures on his subject. Im May 2007 he launched
the campaign "Demounting Louis Agassiz".