One of Israel’s founding fathers among those saved by Ładoś Group

Yosef Burg, one of modern Israel’s founding fathers and minister in Israel’s governments from 1951 to 1988, was given a fake passport by the Polish Ładoś Group, Poland’s Ambassador to Switzerland revealed.

Ambassador Jakub Kumoch has published evidence that Yosef Burg was provided help by members of the Ładoś Group, as he received a forged Latin-American passport. The help provided by the Group might have allowed him to survive the Holocaust.

The documents proving the discovery were found at the Israel State Archives by Jędrzej Uszyński and confirmed by historians. The proof was subsequently examined by native speakers and discussed with Dr. Burg’s family, including his son, former Knesset (Israeli parliament) speaker Avrum Burg.

The Ładoś Group participated in forging Latin American passports for some eight to ten thousand Jews during World War II. Headed by Aleksander Ładoś, Poland's ambassador to Switzerland during the war, the Group was comprised of Polish diplomats and Jewish activists.