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  • 21 August 2019

    On 20 August 2019 the Polish Embassy in Wellington, in cooperation with the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and the Embassy of Israel in New Zealand, organised a screening of „Passports to Paraguay” documentary.

    The film produced by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance presents a story of the Bernese Group - a group of Polish diplomats and Jewish activists in Switzerland who forged thousands of Latin-American passports to save Jews during World War Two. It was a well-attended event and among guests we were honoured to have representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Polish & Jewish Communities, academics and others.

     

    In his introductory remarks Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski said “This documentary tells the story of diplomats - brave upstanders in tragic wartime. It is important to know that the operation of forging passports was not only initiated by our diplomats, but also fully supported by the Polish Government in London.”

     

    Speaking on behalf of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, A. Prof. Giacomo Lichtner (Victoria University of Wellington) said: "Passports of Paraguay reminds us of the value of not following the rules, of bending them, of finding loopholes, of applying the critical thinking that defines us as humans. It reminds us of the importance of holding a clear ethical compass, and then imagining creative solutions to follow the direction it sets out: a path made of integrity, courage, compassion, altruism. This seems to me a lesson worth pondering again today."

     

    On 27 August 2019 the Polish Embassy in Wellington, again in cooperation with the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and the Centre for Strategic Studies Victoria University of Wellington, will hold a seminar and an exhibition about World War Two:

     

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