In partnership with the Pilecki Institute, the Wiener Holocaust Library is pleased to host a special event in light of recent research on the “Ładoś List,” a list of more than 3,000 holders of Latin American passports that were issued Jews during the Holocaust by the Legation of the Republic of Poland in Switzerland in cooperation with Jewish organisations during the war. This effort enabled the survival of thousands, including the family of Alfred Wiener, the Library’s founder. This event marks the premiere of the English-language edition of The Ładoś List, and will feature a talk by the editors, Dr Jakub Kumoch and Monika Maniewska, as well as an in-conversation with Alfred Wiener’s grandson, Lord Daniel Finkelstein and Professor Bob Moore.
About the speakers:
Lord Daniel Finkelstein, Baron Finkelstein, OBE, is a British journalist and politician. He is a former executive editor of The Times, remains a weekly political columnist, and is now associate editor. He was made a member of the House of Lords in August 2013, sitting as a Conservative.
Professor Bob Moore is a professor of Twentieth-Century European History at the University of Sheffield. He has published extensively on the history of Western Europe in the mid-twentieth century, including Victims and Survivors: the Nazi Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands, 1940-1945; Resistance in Western Europe; (with Frank Caestecker) Refugees from Nazi Germany and the Liberal European States; and Survivors: Jewish Self-Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe.
Dr Jakub Kumoch started his professional career at the Centre for Eastern Studies as an analyst in Balkan states. For ten years he covered international relations as a professional journalist, including three years working as a foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency in Moscow. He also worked for Przekrój and Dziennik Polska-Europa-Świat. Since 2010 he has been working again as an analyst on international relations at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Sobieski Institute. Between 2011-2016, he was also engaged in the EU election observation missions as an expert and press officer. On 14 October 2016, he was nominated as the Polish Ambassador to Switzerland. As an ambassador, he contributed to the discovery and publicity of Polish diplomats in Switzerland saving European Jews from the Holocaust. In 2019, he was awarded by the Minister of Culture for “preserving the cultural heritage abroad.”
Monika Maniewska is a graduate in History with a specialisation in archives and records management from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Co-author of The Ładoś List – an index of people to whom the Polish Legation and Jewish organisations in Switzerland issued Latin American passports during the Second World War. An employee of the Pilecki Institute.
You can read more about Aleksander Ładoś here.
WHEN: Monday, 24th February, 6.30-8pm
WHERE: London, The Wiener Holocaust Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1B 5DP London
TICKETS (free): here