Under the Brandenburg Gate
8 March 2020
Berlin – The Berlin branch of the Pilecki Institute
On 8 March 2020, the premiere of the English edition of The Ładoś List took place at the Berlin branch of the Pilecki Institute. The meeting was attended by Uri Strauss, who told his story of being saved from the Holocaust. His parents, German Jews living in Amsterdam during the war, managed to obtain one of the Paraguayan passports forged by Polish diplomats in Switzerland, and the Strauss family avoided deportation to an extermination camp. The Ładoś Group’s methods were presented by Monika Maniewska and Bartłomiej Zygmunt from the Pilecki Institute, co-authors of the publication. As noted by Dr. Jakub Kumoch: “there are 407 Jews from Germany and Austria on The Ładoś List. Most of them survived the Holocaust.” “The Polish government knew that Ładoś was forging passports for German citizens as well. Humanitarian considerations took precedence over bureaucracy, which would have required the campaign to be limited to Polish citizens. A similar Dutch and Czech-Slovak list will soon be made available,” said Monika Maniewska. Hanna Radziejowska, head of the Institute’s Berlin branch, stressed that the premiere “is an opportunity to present, for the first time in Germany, a list of Jews saved thanks to the actions of a group of Polish diplomats from the embassy in Bern.”
During the meeting, the website passportsforlife.pl was presented for the first time.