“Passport to Paraguay” by R. Moorhouse – Chelsea History Festival

Date: 23-09-2022 Hour: 16:00

Event place: National Army Museum - London

This year’s Chelsea History Festival will bring the past to life through a series of talks, tours and events. The immersive programme will reveal history in all its variety and demonstrate its ongoing resonance and relevance today.

Discover the fascinating story of how Polish diplomats in Switzerland worked to save Jews during the Second World War.

The event

Amid the Second World War, a group of Polish diplomats and Jewish activists working in Switzerland masterminded a remarkable scheme that is thought to have saved as many as 3,000 Jews from the Holocaust.

Join Roger Moorhouse as he tells the incredible story of the Ładoś Group who masterminded a forgery scheme, producing fake Latin American passports. As citizens of these countries were protected from deportation to Nazi extermination camps, the holders were given the chance to be interned and possibly exchanged for German prisoners of war.

You can read more about it in our article A hero to remember – Aleksander Ładoś, the Polish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during WW2.

The speaker

Roger Moorhouse is a historian and author specialising in modern German and Central European history, with a particular interest in Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and World War Two in Europe.

A visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw, he is also the author of several books on modern German history, including Killing HitlerBerlin at WarThe Third Reich in 100 Objects and The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941.

He is a regular commentator in the specialist and general press and a consultant for film and television. He is also the author of First to Fight: The Polish War 1939.

This event is kindly sponsored and co-curated by the Polish Cultural Institute.

WHEN: Friday, 23 September 2022 4.00pm – 5.00pm

WHERE: National Army Museum (Foyle 2), Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HT

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

For British Poles readers, the National Army Museum is pleased to offer a discount code “SupporterCHF22” for the tickets.


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