Eiss Archive arrives in Poland
The so-called Eiss Archive documenting efforts to save Jews from the Holocaust by Polish and Jewish diplomats in Switzerland, has arrived in Poland.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who inspected the archive on Tuesday in Warsaw's Belvedere Palace, said the diplomats, known as the Bernese Group, "rescued Jews with uncommon vehemence and sacrifice," despite the vast risks involved.
"Despite numerous barriers and threats, also in Switzerland, as their activity was illegal, from the outset to the very end, they did this (...) to rescue people," the President said.
Founded by Konstanty Rokicki, Poland's Consul in Bern during WWII, the six-strong Bernese Group of three Polish and three Jewish diplomats forged Paraguayan passports which were then issued to European Jews fleeing the Holocaust.
Funded by Jewish organisations and the Polish government-in-exile, the operation is estimated to have saved the lives of 700-800 people. Poland's embassy in Bern knows the names of at least half of them, 20 or more are still alive. (PAP)