August R. Lindt (born 5 August 1905 in Bern, died 14 April 2000 in Bern), also known as Auguste R. Lindt, was a Swiss lawyer and diplomat. He served as Chairman of UNICEF from 1953 to 1954 and as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1956 to 1960.

August R. Lindt
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Chairman of UNICEF
In office
Preceded byAdelaide Sinclair
Succeeded byBalachandra Rajan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
In office
Preceded byGerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart
Succeeded byFélix Schnyder
Personal details
Born(1905-08-05)5 August 1905
Died14 April 2000(2000-04-14) (aged 94)


Lindt was the son of a pharmacist and chocolate manufacturer, and studied law in Geneva and Bern. He is related to Rodolphe Lindt of Lindt & Sprüngli. He earned a doctoral degree in 1927 with a dissertation on Soviet commercial law, and worked in banking in Paris, Berlin and London from 1929 to 1940. From 1941 to 1945 he worked for Swiss military intelligence. In 1945 he became involved in humanitarian work in Berlin on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and in 1946 he joined the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as a press spokesman. He was later posted to the embassy in London.[1]

From 1953 to 1956 he was the Swiss Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York. He was Chairman of UNICEF from 1953 to 1954. In 1956 he was appointed as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the second person to hold the office after Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, and served until 1960.[1]

He served as the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, August Lindt, while he was in the United States visited Boston and signs Mayor John F. Collins' guestbook Creator: City of Boston. He served as Ambassador from 1960 to 1962 in Washington, where he met Karl Barth. He was Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1966 to 1968. He was later General Commissioner of the International Committee of the Red Cross for West Africa and Swiss Ambassador to Mongolia, India and Nepal. He was an adviser to the President of Rwanda from 1973 to 1975.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Marc Perrenoud: Lindt, August R. in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ "Auguste R. Lindt; Swiss Diplomat, U.N. Refugee Commissioner in 1950s". 20 April 2000 – via LA Times.


  • Rolf Wilhelm (ed.): August R. Lindt: Patriot und Weltbürger. Haupt Verlag, Bern 2003, ISBN 978-3-258-06527-4.