GOETSCHEL, JULES (1908–1981), Swiss lawyer, educated in Basle and Paris, politician and communal leader. Under the impact of National Socialism Goetschel turned to the Social Democratic party and was elected member of the cantonal parliament of Basle-city (1949–68) and its president for 1967–68. In his inauguration speech he spoke of the long route of Basle Jews towards gaining social acceptance. He was active in the affairs of the Basle Jewish community, especially for the Jewish home for the aged, La Charmille. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: H. Wichers, "Juedinnen und Juden in der Politik," in: H. Haumann (ed.), Achthundert Jahre Juden in Basel (2005), 223f. (Uri Kaufmann (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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