Making generous use of archival materials and featuring in-depth interviews with authors, historians, professors, survivors and Holocaust descendants, the one-hour documentary titled ‘Polmission. The Passport Mystery’ lays bare the scale of efforts undertaken by Poland’s government-in-exile to rescue the nation’s Jews from near-certain death.
By mid-march Poland will open a new Embassy building in Bern, Switzerland, as well as new Honorary Consulates in Schaan, Liechtenstein, and Basel, Switzerland, PAP was told on Thursday.
The so-called Ładoś List, named after the head of Polish war time delegation in Switzerland, includes names of people who received fake Central American passports prepared by Polish diplomats in Bern as a way to escape the horrors of the Holocaust.
Konstanty Rokicki was a consul in Bern, Switzerland, where together with other Polish diplomats who called themselves the Bern Group they prepared passports for those in danger of deportation to get them out of Europe, mainly to Paraguay, but also Honduras, Peru, Salvador, Bolivia and Haiti.
The history of the Bernese Group, a group of Polish and Jewish diplomats who forged foreign travel documents aimed at saving European Jews from Holocaust during World War II, is the theme of an exhibition which opened on Thursday in the UN seat in Geneva.
Documents uncovered by the Polish Press Agency (PAP) show that as a child the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Adam D. Rotfeld was on a list of people who received fake Paraguayan passports to help them escape the Holocaust.