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Object ID

2014.1.480

Object Name

Letter

Date

11-5-1944

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Description

Typewritten letter titled, "Oltalomlevél" with blue hand stamp and signature.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:B Original protective letter issued by the Apostolic Nunciature in Budapest, signed by Angelo Rotta, Papal Nuncio, with the stamp of the Nunciature. Monsignor Angelo Rotta as Vatican Diplomat in Bulgaria and Later Papal Nuncio in Hungary saved the lives of thousands of Jews in both countries by issuing false Baptismal certificates, visas to travel to Palestine, and at least 15,000 protective letters as well as establishing "Protected Houses" in Budapest. Monsignor Rotta also distributed hundreds of safe conduct certificates to Jews in labor camps, deportation centers and death marches. In Budapest he protested to the Hungarian government against the deportation and murder of Hungarian Jews. He is recognized as the "Righteous Among the Nations" by Israel.

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 7 3/4"

Keywords

Budapest, Apostilic Nunciature, Nunciature, Vatican, Bulgaria

Protective Letter Issued by Angelo Rotta to Dr. Vilcsek Jenóné

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