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Passports, Profiteers, Police

Passports, Profiteers, Police

A Swiss War Secret

From 29th November 2019 until 31st December 2020


«I would like to have a Uruguayan passport» – thus begins Władysław Szlengel's song «Paszporty» (passports), composed in 1942 in the ghetto of Warsaw. It continues: «I would like one for Uruguay, one for Costa Rica, one for Paraguay.» The Latin American passports are not a poetic invention, but a historically verifiable service of help that operated from Switzerland.

The exhibition «Passports, Profiteers, Police. A Swiss War Secret» unveils the network that helped thousands of Jews escape Germany and the occupied territories by providing them with Latin American passports, thus saving them from certain death.


The exhibition is supported by the Association for the Jewish Museum of Switzerland.

This is an exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Switzerland in cooperation with Archiv für Zeitgeschichte der ETH Zürich under the patronage of Carl Lutz Gesellschaft.

Copyright © 2019 Jüdisches Museum der Schweiz