Rast, Dr Hugo

  • Rast, Dr Hugo
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Wartime diaries (with transcripts) of Dr Hugo Rast, a Swiss national who was physician to the German Hospital, London, and papers relating to his activities as neutral member of the Mixed Medical Commission on Prisoners of War in the UK, with a little personal material and photographs, etc, of the German Hospital, also a selection of his files on distinguished patients.



Physical description

6 boxes



A. Personal and miscellaneous, 1920-1976 B. Diaries and diary transcripts, 1940-1945 C. Mixed Medical Commission and related material, 1940-1945 1 Correspondence with War Office, Swiss Legation, etc 2 Tours of POW camps 3 Miscellaneous material D. Patients, 1924-1974

Acquisition note

Received from Dr Rast's widow as a gift over several accessions, 2001-2004

Biographical note

1891 6 Aug born in Berne

Studied medicine in Berne, Lausanne, Paris and London

1916 qualified MD, Berne

1919 took up post at German Hospital London


1925 Honorary Surgeon to the German Hospital

1938 Senior Surgeon, German Hospital

1939-1945 Medical Superintendent, German Hospital

1941-1945 Chairman of the Mixed Medical Commission for Prisoners of War (under the War Office) and for Civilian Internees (under the Home Office).

1944 Chairman for Mixed Medical Commission for the European Theatre of War, USA War Department

Medical Adviser to various Embassies and Legations in London

Honorary Consultant to the North East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board

1970 26 May married Ruth Berthe Aeberhardt

1982 6 Apr died in London

Related material

At Wellcome Collection:

PP/FPW: Parkes Weber was a colleague of Rast at the German Hospital.

At other repositories:

There is material in The National Archives relating to the Mixed Medical Commission and its work.

Terms of use

This collection has been catalogued and is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.

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Accession number

  • 921
  • 954
  • 1017
  • 1108
  • 1146
  • 1198
  • 1228