File Title Correspondence with Swiss Legation, Records of Visits to Maindiff Court, Draft Medical Report and Translations of Personal Correspondence
Reference FO 1093/16
Date 1942 - 1943
Government Department Foreign Office
File Accession Date 25 June 1992


A file of documents on Rudolf Hess' imprisonment in Britain from late 1942 to the end of 1943. Subjects discussed include the provision of food, clothes, and books for Hess; Hess' mental health and continuing suspicions of poisoning by his guards; and arrangements for the opening of Hess' prison in Maindiff to other prisoners of war with psychological conditions. The file also includes papers discussing a request from the Red Cross to conduct a psychiatric interview with Hess after his wife raised her concerns with the organisation. The intelligence services were afraid that such an interview would reveal to the world the true state of Hess' mental health, belying British propaganda assertions that he was not mentally unstable.

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