The Swiss of Puerto Rico
From the 1940's through the 1970's Swiss emigrated to Puerto Rico. Hear the stories of the children and wives of those who created the first international dining experiences on the island. The Lohner Family had food and their French language to keep the, together.
One month from turning 97...who is Tina Guetg de Ramirez? This is part of a new project to record the history of the Swiss of Puerto Rico.
In 1957, Ernst Lindemann receives America immigration quota #692 visa from the American Consulate in Zurich. He had applied for a job in a place he did not know called Puerto Rico.
Eugene Schnee is known as El Suizo in Puerto Rico. From his apprenticeship in Switzerland he learned German, French and Italian ways of meat-making. He came to the Swiss Chalet Restaurant on the 22 December 1959.
This is just a short piece of a fascinating conversation with Jean-Michel Lohner and his wife Judith Gantenbein.
Erika Fasnacht came to Puerto Rico to marry her fiancé Lucian. That was in 1959. Today she still feels Swiss.