Project

The Pilecki Institute is a scientific institution specializing in the documentation and research of 20th-century history, including various projects focused on the Second World War. One issue of interest to the Institute is the passport operation carried out during the war in Bern by the so-called Ładoś Group.

The aim of this project – implemented in cooperation with the former Polish Ambassador to Switzerland and current Polish Ambassador to Turkey, Dr. Jakub Kumoch, and the Counselor of the Polish Embassy in Bern, Jędrzej Uszyński – was to reconstruct and recreate a list of people who may have acquired one of the forged documents of Paraguay, Honduras, Haiti or Peru that were issued in Switzerland in the years 1940–43. The research team at the Pilecki Institute also seeks to determine the approximate number of people who were saved by this operation, as well as to analyze the effectiveness of the entire passport campaign and the role played by both the Polish Legation in Bern and individual members of the Ładoś Group. Attempts are also made to determine the fate of each person in whose name a document was issued.

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Debates/seminars/meetings

The List for the first time!
The List for the first time!
12 December 2019 
Warsaw – The Pilecki Institute
A story of rescue
A story of rescue
15 December 2019 
Jerusalem – Menachem Begin Heritage Center
My mother’s passport
My mother’s passport
24 February 2020
London – The Wiener Holocaust Library
With the World Jewish Congress
With the World Jewish Congress
27 February 2020 
New York – Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion
Telling the story of a life
Telling the story of a life
28 February 2020
Connecticut – Mandell JCC Innovation Center
Under the Brandenburg Gate
Under the Brandenburg Gate
8 March 2020
Berlin – The Berlin branch of the Pilecki Institute
Joining forces
Joining forces
10 March 2020 
Bern – The Polish Embassy in Switzerland
The Angel of Istanbul
The Angel of Istanbul
16 December 2020 
online
Witness
Witness
30 May 2021
Copenhagen
Cinemateket
I always choose good
I always choose good
Online podcast


Academic conferences

Duty and Compassion
Duty and Compassion
22 March 2021
online


Exhibitions

“Passports” exhibition
“Passports” exhibition
21 September 2018
Bern – The Polish Embassy in Switzerland
Eye witness
Eye witness
12 February 2019
Warsaw – Belweder Palace
Passports after hours
Passports after hours
18 May 2019
Markowa – The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Who Saved Jews in World War II
Return to the sources
Return to the sources
15 December 2019
Jerusalem – Menachem Begin Heritage Center
All in one place
All in one place
10 March 2020
Bern – The Polish Embassy in Switzerland
With regards for everyone
With regards for everyone
1 September 2020
Plzeň – Studijní a vědecká knihovna Plzeňského kraje
At the synagogue
At the synagogue
22 September 2020
Prague – The Maisel Synagogue
Bubny Memorial of Silence
Bubny Memorial of Silence
29 September 2020
Prague, Bubny Memorial of Silence
In Moravia
In Moravia
21 April – 10 June 2021
Brno, Knihovna Jiřího Mahena
Evading death
Evading death
The Regional Museum in Murska Sobota, Slovenia