The Society

The Carl Lutz Society is a historical society based in Switzerland. It brings together several historians, including the winner of the 2021 Yad Vashem Prize for Holocaust Research. It has organized exhibitions, conferences and lectures for schools.

The society preserves the personal archives of the Lutz, Mantello and Grossmann families as well as the writings and effects of several Swiss personalities associated with the rescue of Jews in Budapest (1942-1945).

«President Emmanuel Macron fully associates himself with this tribute to Carl Lutz. (…) Faced with the return of ideologies of hatred and rejection of the other, France is, more than ever, determined to perpetuate the memory of all those who, at the very risk of their existence, have disobeyed by responding to their conscience, to their morals, to spare the lives of their fellow human beings.”

Letter from the French Presidency to the Society
November 2017

«It was very important for me, my colleagues and specially for our guides to take part at this special professional training. They told me how relevant and visionary was participating in it. It was a successful beginning of our cooperation.”

Andrzej Kacorzyk, Deputy Director, State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau
December 2019

«I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the training provided by the Carl Lutz Society at Auschwitz. The events you have presented are of crucial importance because they illustrate the role that civil society and public opinion can play when barbarism threatens.”

Simonetta Sommaruga, President of Switzerland
January 2020

« As often happens to those who defend human rights, Carl Lutz courageously defended and saved the lives of people when his own was in danger. (…) Just as in the 1930s, lies, hatred, scapegoating and dehumanization are a serious threat to our social fabric today. (…) We must ensure that public discourse is based on respect and facts, which objectively reflect the truth – including the fundamental truth of our equal rights and dignity as human beings.”

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
Opening of our exhibit
May 2021 

Advisory Board

Serge and Beate Klarsfeld Foundation, Paris 
Special Envoys on Holocaust Education, UNESCO

Simon Wiesenthal Center, Paris

Tom Lantos Foundation, Washington, D.C.


Agnes Hirschi-Grausz

Carl Lutz stepdaughter

Golden Cross of Merit of Hungary
Honorary President

Dr. Leon Saltiel

Rafal Fabianowicz

Anita Halasz

Sylviane Berner Jedwab

Frederic Hayat