World War II

Quellenedition 1928-1950

Amt für Kultur - Landesarchiv

Landtagsprotokolle 1862 - 1949

Amt für Kultur - Landesarchiv

Archives of the Short Wave Service

During the Second World War, short wave radio was Switzerland’s preferred means for communicating with its expatriated citizens and to present its positions to the rest of the world., the successor to Swiss Radio International (SRI), now has access to the manuscripts of programmes broadcast by the Short Wave Service (SWS) between 1939 and 1945.

These archives have been digitalised and are now accessible to researchers and the public via an online database.

Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War (ICE) - Final Report

The mission of the "Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War" (ICE) was to investigate the volume and fate of assets moved to Switzerland before, during and immediately after the Second World War.

The Final Report and a summary of the Final Report are online available.

Polish Museum in Rapperswil


The Museum of the Polish culture and history occupies the second floor of the castle in Rapperswil and reflects the changeable history of the institution. It certifies centuries old history of the Polish - Swiss relations, the activities of the Swiss in Poland and the Polish in Switzerland. It shows the Polish traditions, the history of fights for independence and faith, the history of the "Solidarity" movement and winning the independence back in 1989. A special place in the Museum´s collection belongs to the Second Rifle Division, interned in Switzerland.

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum


Collections: The museum preserves objects that recall the milestones in the development of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. It also has a unique collection of items that were made by prisoners and handed over to the ICRC delegates in appreciation.

Archive of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS)


The record groups consist largely of various types of correspondence, internal communication and reports. Important collections include files on:

Library and Research Service of the ICRC - Books

The Library & Research Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) contains books, in a number of languages, on international humanitarian law and related subjects such as public international law, disarmament, human rights, terrorism, refugees and political prisoners. Also covered are the history and development of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and questions relating to humanitarian assistance in general.

Researches in the books and in the periodical articles
are possible by an online catalogue.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Library and Research Service


The Library and Research Service is a public resource offering documents on international humanitarian law, humanitarian work and ICRC activities.


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