Forgery, Heroism and Survival During the Holocaust – Daniel Finkelstein and Roger Moorhouse at Chelsea History Festival

Date: 26-09-2023 Hour: 18:30

Event place: National Army Museum

The Chelsea History Festival is back for its fifth year, bringing world-class history writing to the heart of London.

Daniel Finkelstein and Roger Moorhouse reveal the untold story of the Polish diplomats who helped saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

About the event

This summer, two authors release new accounts exploring the experiences of Jewish people living in Nazi- and Soviet-occupied Poland during the Second World War.

Roger Moorhouse’s The Forgers uncovers the remarkable story of a group of Polish diplomats based in Switzerland who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish people during the Holocaust by issuing them with forged Latin American identity documents.

Daniel Finkelstein examines the work of these diplomats from a personal angle in Hitler, Stalin, Mum & Dad. Their work was pivotal to the miraculous survival of his German-Jewish mother during the Holocaust. As a young child, her false Paraguayan passport spared her from the gas-chambers, and she was instead sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Together, they will discuss this remarkable untold story of one of the largest actions of the war designed to aid Jews facing the threat of extermination.

About the speakers

Daniel Finkelstein is a journalist and opinion writer. A former executive editor of The Times, he continues to write for the paper. He has been Political Columnist of the Year four times and recently joined the board of Chelsea Football Club. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2013.

Roger Moorhouse specialises in modern German and Central European history. A visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw, he is also the author of a number of books, including Killing HitlerBerlin at WarThe Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 and First to Fight: The Polish War 1939. He is a regular commentator in the specialist and general press, and a consultant for film and television.

About the sponsor

This event is kindly supported by the Polish Cultural Institute.

WHEN: 26 September 2023, 6.30pm

WHERE: National Army Museum (Foyle 1), Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HT

TICKETS: £12.00 (Concessions: £10.00). To buy here.

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