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Object ID

2019.2.23

Object Name

Stamp, Postage

Date

1998

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Orange and yellow postage stamp with white border and ridged edges, photo of Carl Lutz, "90" printed in white in bottom right corner.

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Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: As Swiss vice-consul in Budapest from 1942-1945, Lutz was instrumental in rescuing Hungarian Jews from deportation by both Nazis and Hungarians. He is credited with issuing 10,000 documents allowing Jewish children to emigrate to Palestine in 1942. Later, having negotiated permission to issue 8,000 protective passes, Lutz “re-interpreted” that number and applied it to families rather than individuals. By this strategy he was able to save more than 60,000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz and certain death. He established 76 protective houses to shelter and place under diplomatic protection these document holders, often having to confront the dreaded Arrow Cross from raids on these houses himself. After the war, Lutz married Magda Grausz, one of the Jewish women that he saved. He was honored as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1965.

Dimensions

1 x 1"

Keywords

Carl Lutz, Schutzpass, Protective Pass, Protective Houses, Swiss Legation

Subcollection

Diplomats

Carl Lutz Postage Stamp

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