Carl Lutz Society

Archive for Contemporary History ETH Zürich / Agnes Hirschi

Budapest, 2022

As part of the Budapest Jewish Festival program, our exhibition is presented exceptionally along the moving Shoes Memorial, on the banks of the Danube, next to the Hungarian Parliament.

The exhibition of the Carl Lutz Society was opened in partnership with the U.S. State Department and the Embassy of Switzerland in Hungary. With a keynote speech by the President of the Lantos Foundation and f. Chairwoman of the Commission on International Religious Freedom of the U.S. Congress (USCIRF), coming from the United States, and the Director of the Holocaust Memorial Center of Budapest (HDKE).

The day continued with a meeting in the “Carl Lutz Room” of the U.S. Embassy in Hungary.

The opening concluded with an invitation to the graduation ceremony of the Andrassy University of Budapest, which annually awards the “Carl Lutz scholarship” to students in international relations.

See the dedicated page : Budapest, 2022

Geneva, 2021

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

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

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 Loterie romande.

See the dedicated page : Geneva, 2021


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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