A list of 407 German and Austrian Jews rescued by a group of WWII Jewish activists and Polish diplomats under Polish Ambassador to Bern Aleksander Ładoś, known as the Ładoś Group, was presented for the first time in Berlin during Sunday's German premiere of the "Ładoś List” which contains around 3,250 names of people saved by the group and numerous accounts from the survivors’ relatives.
Published by the Pilecki Institute (IP), the Ładoś List relates accounts of people who were saved by the Ładoś Group’s operation that consisted of handing out thousands of fabricated Latin-American passports to Jews in order to save them from death in the Holocaust.
Among thousands of identified owners of Ładoś passports there are over 400 German&Austrian Jews. By trying to save them, Ambassador @PLinSwitzerland Aleksander Ładoś offered #Holocaust rescue to citizens of a hostile country.— Jakub Kumoch (@JakubKumoch) March 7, 2020
The 🇩🇪&🇦🇹 part of the Ładoś List. #THREAD 1/5 pic.twitter.com/cKtOJvom8q
The entire #ŁadośList prepared under patronage of @WorldJewishCong by @InstPileckiego @AuschwitzMuseum @ipngovpl_eng & @JHIInstytut contains 3,253 names. Czechs&Slovaks are >1% of it, 94% being 🇵🇱🇩🇪🇳🇱.#FF to @M_Gniazdowski @OSW_eng for his analysis. 2/2https://t.co/D125yLAKy4 pic.twitter.com/KCeMYhVfQy— Jakub Kumoch (@JakubKumoch) March 9, 2020
The diplomat stressed that the Polish Government in Exile was aware of the dire need for the salvation of the German Jews. That is why it supported the Ładoś Group's activities.
It was not an individual effort.— Jakub Kumoch (@JakubKumoch) March 7, 2020
The 🇵🇱 Gov't in exile knew very well some people in need were German and decided to protect them from their own countrymen.
This document was signed by Tadeusz Romer, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Jan Ciechanowski, Ambassador to the US. 3/5 pic.twitter.com/g2uF7hGNtQ
A permanent exhibition devoted to the #ŁadośGroup's passport operation has been opened at the Polish Ambassador’s residence in Bern🇨🇭 in the presence of @SzSz_velSek,@JakubKumoch, Anna Gutkowska, Sebastian and Aleksander Ładoś and members of the families which received documents. pic.twitter.com/rKsNxr5dVm— Instytut Pileckiego (@InstPileckiego) March 10, 2020
From today, Poland has a new embassy office in @Bern_Stadt 🇨🇭. I'll spend just 3 days here but my successor will have his/her cabinet ready. Thanks to all for coming & to @SzSz_velSek for opening it.— Jakub Kumoch (@JakubKumoch) March 10, 2020
The residence & consular section remains where they are. pic.twitter.com/vaYBRhumJm
"Today, 25 years later, I’m here with my son, Aleksander Ładoś, in this embassy. It’s a magical place for us. I’d like to— Instytut Pileckiego (@InstPileckiego) March 10, 2020
thank all the people of good will. Thanks to them, we’re here and the time is right. Thank you very much." - said Sebastian Ładoś