History & Research

The Carl Lutz Society conducts historical research and collects testimonies of survivors. 

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October 2021: The Carl Lutz Society was appointed to the support group of the Swiss delegation to the intergovernmental organization “International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance” (IHRA), led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

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October 2021: The Carl Lutz Society gave a training on Carl Lutz and civic courage to students from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

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October 2021: The Carl Lutz Society was invited to speak about the legacy of Carl Lutz and the evolution of his perception in Switzerland on the occasion of the academic conference “Choice to rescue”, organized in Warsaw by the Witold Pilecki Institute, under the patronage of the President of Poland.

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May 2020: The Carl Lutz Society sits on the steering committee overseeing the renovation of the location where M. Lutz and his colleagues served. 

On the renovation committee are relatives and descendants of survivors, the Chief Historian of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Director of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and the President of the Israel Museum.

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December 2019: The Carl Lutz Society was invited by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to give a two-day training seminar to all of the institution’s guides (340) in Oscwiecim, Poland.

As a result of the training, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Carl Lutz Society decided to establish a partnership for future collaboration. The State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau welcomes 2.3 million visitors per year.

The Carl Lutz Society was then invited to publish a research article in the museum’s scientific journal, and later interviewied by the Swiss television, in the program “Forum”.

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July 2019: The Carl Lutz Society traveled to Paris for a meeting with Serge & Beate Klarsfeld, members of the Society’s Board, famous historians who have brought many Nazi criminals to justice.

Serge Klarsfeld, decorated by the French Presidency, Special Envoy of UNESCO for Holocaust Education, is one of the most important European voices on the Holocaust. His wife Beate, decorated with the German Order of Merit, was nominated as a candidate for the Presidency of Germany in 2012. 

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