‘Ładoś List’ in English to be presented in London, NYC, Connecticut

The Ładoś List documents the efforts of a group of Polish diplomats in Switzerland, headed by Aleksander Ładoś, and Jewish activists which conducted a large operation that consisted of handing fabricated Latin-American passports to thousands of Jews in order to save them from death in the Holocaust. The English version of the list is to be presented in London, NYC and Connecticut in February.

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Published by the Pilecki Institute, the list is in fact a book containing over 3,200 names and many stories of people saved by the Ładoś Group. The promo tour will bring the book to:

The Wiener Holocaust Library, London on February 24,

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion , New York City on February 27,

Mandell JCC Innovation Center, Connecticut on February 28

Moreover, the English edition of the book has been appended with 50 additional accounts of people saved from the Holocaust by the Polish diplomats and Jewish activists.

Co-organised by the Pilecki Institute and the World Jewish Congress, the world premiere of the book will take place in London on February 24 in the presence of Lord Daniel Finkelstein, a British journalist and Associate Editor of the Times, a peer and member of the House of Lords. His mother Miriam Wiener and her sister were extracted from the former Nazi-German Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Lower Saxony thanks to a Paraguayan passport falsified by the Ładoś Group. Her name features in the Ładoś List.

Established in 1933 by Miriam Wiener’s father Alfred Wiener, the Wiener Holocaust Library in London is also the oldest Institution researching the Holocaust. Other eminent speakers at the world premiere in London include co-authors of the book about the Ładoś List, Polish Ambassador to Switzerland Jakub Kumoch, Monika Maniewska of the Pilecki Institute, and professor Bob Moore.

The event at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, NYC on February 27 will welcome former head of the Department of Justice at the Yad Vashem Institute Mordecai Paldiel who, having learnt about the Ładoś List, requested the institute to reconsider awarding Polish diplomats and members of the Ładoś Group, Aleksander Ładoś and Stefan Ryniewicz, the Righteous Among the Nations titles.

As regards the event in Mandell JCC Innovation Center, Connecticut on February 28, guests will have the opportunity to hear about how the research on the Ładoś List was conducted. Special guest Heidi Fishman, daughter of a Holocaust survivor, will tell the moving story of her mother Ruth Fishman who survived the Holocaust thanks to a passport fabricated by the Ładoś Group.

The front page of the passport that saved Ruth Fishman’s life can be seen on the cover of the book on the Ładoś List.

More and more survivors report

“We managed to receive a public response,” said Monika Maniewska, co-author of the book, adding that “people who know about persons on the list, their relatives and friends get in touch with us, which allows us to complement the gathered material with new data. Now witness testimonies complemented archival footage, which was the source that we resorted to until recently.”

For his part, the head of the Pilecki Institute Wojciech Kozłowski stressed the immense importance of the book on the Ładoś List. “Publishing the ‘Ładoś List’ has been one of the greatest research enterprise dedicated to the Holocaust in recent years. We looked through many archives, including Bad Arolsen, Yad Vashem the Archives of Modern Records (AAN) in Warsaw,” said Mr Kozłowski, adding that “now we are hoping that the Jewish communities would support our work and enrich our knowledge with their family stories.”