Eli Dyukommen

Eli Dyukommen
Eli was born Dyukommen February 19 in 1833 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was the youngest of three children in the family of a watchmaker. Already in 17 years, despite the lack of higher education, Eli became a tutor in a wealthy family.

Three years later, he began teaching at the school. And two years later, Eli became editor of the journal "Review of Geneva." Journal Dyukommena activity in 1857 allowed him to take the post of vice-chancellor, and after five years — Chancellor of the Canton of Geneva.

In 1865, after moving to Bern, Eli founded the journal "Progress". And since 1868, he was editor of the newsletter "The United States of Europe", which was published by the International League of Peace and Freedom.

His literary talent is not limited to the framework of one of journalism. He was the official translator of the National Council and a poet. In 1886 he published a book of his poems, "The last smile."

Also Dyukommen was a highly influential political figure (in Bern, he spent 10 years as deputy chair in the Grand Council of the city) and had a brilliant business skills — for over 30 years (since 1875), he served as general secretary Railways were built Jura — Bern — Luzern. When in 1903 the railroad was bought out by the state, Ali left his post.

Despite advances in journalism, politics and business, which gave him the basic livelihood Dyukommena main vocation was to fight for peace.

In 1891, together with Charles Albert Goba was the founder of the International Peace Bureau, who coordinated the actions of European pacifist organizations. During this activity the founder of both offices were awarded in 1902 the Nobel Peace Prize. All money received from the Nobel committee, Eli handed pacifist movement.

Died Eli Dyukommen December 6 in 1906 in Bern. One of his colleagues on the movement of the peace forces — Frederic Passy — said that the main features of life Dyukommena were "hard work, diligence, integrity and dedication to their tasks."