Communist Party of Switzerland

Communist Party of Switzerland (Kommunistische Partei der Schweiz), known as the "Old Communists" (Altkommunisten), was a historical Communist party, section of the Communist International.

The Party originated from a group of left-wing socialists who were expelled from the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland in 1918. Fritz Platten was a central leader in the new Party. Bulgarian communist Solomon Goldstein was among the founders.[1]

The Swiss Communist Party was banned in 1940 because of their support of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and the Third Reich.[2] In 1944 some of its leading members founded the Swiss Party of Labour to replace the old Communist Party.


  1. Zapantis Andrew L.: Greek-Soviet relations, 1917-1941. (East European monographs). East European Monographs, 1982, Page 155.
  2. Molin, Karl Hemmakriget, Stockholm 1982. Page 118. (ISBN 91-550-2785-7)
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