President honours Polish consul for saving Jews during WWII

The activity of consul Konstanty Rokicki, who during WWII issued false passports saving in this way hundreds of Jews from Nazi German occupied Poland "symbolises a brighter star in the abyss of despair of those years," President Andrzej Duda said in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The president and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, attended the unveiling of a new tomb of the Polish consul at a cemetery in Lucerne.

"We bow our heads before all the victims of the terrible Holocaust, of the darkest years of the 20th century, and probably the darkest in the history of mankind. We bow our heads before millions of bestially murdered Jews, we bow our heads to millions of bestially murdered citizens of various European countries. But let me bow my head today especially before millions of murdered Poles, including Poles of Jewish descent," the president said.

Polish consul Konstanty Rokicki, who together with Ambassador Ładoś belonged to the so-called Bern Group, which during WWII issued false passports to Jews to make it possible for them to escape to South America