Second part of Eiss Archive officially in Poland

The second part of the so-called Eiss Archive, documenting the efforts of Polish diplomats in Switzerland (the Ładoś Group) to save Jews from the Holocaust, has reached Poland, Jakub Kumoch, the Polish ambassador to Turkey reported on social media.

Eiss Archive finally in Poland

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The authenticity of the documents has been confirmed by the Auschwitz Museum. “It contains passport pictures of 83 people, including Menachem Begin's father and Rutka Laskier, Będzin ghetto diarist, “Polish Anne Frank,” Mr Kumoch tweeted.

“It contains passport pictures of 83 people, including Menachem Begin's father and Rutka Laskier, Będzin ghetto diarist, “Polish Anne Frank,” Mr Kumoch tweeted.

Menachem Begin was the sixth Prime Minister of independent Israel, between the years 1977-1983. “It is not clear whether the pictures were ever used. Probably they arrived too late, when the Swiss police had broken the illegal ring, most of the passport-selling honorary consuls had been fired and - very probable - all happened shortly before Chaim Eiss' unexpected death,” the ambassador added.

Among people those on the list, there was also Dawid Wdowiński, one of the leaders of the Jewish Military Union (ŻŻW) which took part in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943) and his wife. Mr Kumoch also emphasised an “important Turkish trace found on all the pictures and lists.”

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“The pictures were sent to Zurich, where Chaim Eiss was to forward them to the Legation of Poland. Eiss co-operated with Polish Consul Konstanty Rokicki, who forged passports of Paraguay,” Mr Kumoch reported.

Aleksander Ładoś was the Polish ambassador to Bern during WWII, while Stefan Ryniewicz was his deputy. Mr Ładoś was the leader of the group forging Latin-American passports for Jews endangered by the Holocaust conducted by Nazi Germany.

The so-called “Ładoś Group” consisted of Polish diplomats and Jewish activists: Aleksander Ładoś, Abraham Silberschein, Konstanty Rokicki, Chaim Yisroel Eiss, Stefan Ryniewicz, and Juliusz Kühl.

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