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.
Israel's Holocaust remembrance institute Yad Vashem has been analysing additional documents related to two Polish war-time diplomats in Switzerland that helped save Jews, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin told a Polish honorary consul in Zurich.
A group of Holocaust survivors and their descendants have asked Warsaw's authorities to commemorate two Polish diplomats based in Switzerland during World War II for helping Jews escape deportation to death camps.
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 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 documents confirm the actions taken by the diplomats at that time and they are irrefutable evidence that the Polish government during WW II was systematically involved in rescuing Jews on the territory of occupied Poland from the extermination brought to them by the Germans," Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Paweł Lewandowski, told The First News.
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.