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Under Swiss Protection: The Story of Holocaust Rescuer Carl Lutz

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz and his team issued more than 50,000 lifesaving letters of protection to Hungarian Jews during the final year of the Holocaust. Scholars credit Lutz with organizing the largest civilian rescue mission of the entire Holocaust. He is recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize three times. Lutz was educated in the United States, where he lived for over twenty years. He attended Central Wesleyan College in Warrenton, Missouri and George Washington University in Washington, DC. Before returning to Europe, Lutz lived and worked in downtown St. Louis in 1933 and 1934.

Agnes Hirschi is a Holocaust Survivor and the stepdaughter of Carl Lutz. Charlotte Schallié is a professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The pair co-edited the book Under Swiss Protection: Jewish Eyewitness Accounts from Wartime Budapest, which retraces Lutz’s rescue efforts in wartime Budapest through the lens of eyewitness testimonies.

This event is free, but registration is required.


February 28
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum