All Ładoś Group members in one picture

A joint photo of the Ładoś Group, which helped Jews escape the Holocaust using fake passports, and the Swiss Jewry was found by Poland’s Ambassador to Switzerland, Jakub Kumoch.

This picture shows the entire Ładoś Group, together with the leaders of Swiss Jewry. It comes from the personal archives of the Kuhl family and was once published in a paper edition of Friedenson and Kranzler's book about Recha Sternbuch.

The photo was taken on November 3, 1943, in Interlaken during a wedding. There are no festivities or dances because everyone knows that the Holocaust is ravaging around Switzerland.

The Ładoś Group presented on the picture participated in forging Latin American passports for some eight to ten thousand Jews during World War II. Although Switzerland did not allow foreign Embassies to use radio stations the group used diplomatic codes to broadcast illegally, thus keeping the free world informed about the ongoing Holocaust.

Headed by Aleksander Ładoś, Poland's ambassador to Switzerland during the war, the group comprised of Polish diplomats and Jewish activists: Aleksander Ładoś, Abraham Silberschein, Konstanty Rokicki, Chaim Yisroel Eiss, Stefan Ryniewicz, and Juliusz Kühl.