Carl Lutz Society

Archive for Contemporary History ETH Zürich / Agnes Hirschi

A Sanctuary in the Storm: The Rescue of the Jews of Budapest

The Carl Lutz Society’ s exhibition in Geneva, from May 12 to June 7, 2021. Reinstalled during the Summit between Presidents Biden and Putin, in mid-June 2021.

VIDEO– UN High Commissioner Bachelet

With speeches by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United States Special Envoy on Holocaust Issues and the Administrative Councillor in charge of diversity in the City of Geneva.

VIDEO – The exhibit

An event organized by the Carl Lutz Society and the Communauté Israélite de Genève, notably with the support of the City of Geneva and the Lottery.


It is estimated that tens of thousands of Jewish men, women and children were saved from certain death in Budapest by the Swiss Righteous Carl Lutz, his wife Gertrud Lutz and his colleagues Harald Feller, Peter Zürcher and Ernst Vonrufs. This is the largest diplomatic rescue operation of WWII.

This humanist’s commitment has a scope that goes beyond an historical event. It is a source of reflection and commitment; it embodies values and courage of significant relevance.


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