On May 18th 2019 Museum of Poles Saving Jews organized for the 4th time The Long Night of Museums. The Pilecki Institute was a co-organizer this event.
This year’s edition focused on a history of the Bernese Group – a group of Polish diplomats and Jewish activists who during World War II organized in Switzerland a system of illegal production of Latin American passports aimed at saving European Jews from the Holocaust.
Our guest – the Polish Ambassador in Switzerland – Jakub Kumoch – was speaking about this history. Additionally we presented a film “Paszporty Paragwaju” directed by Robert Kaczmarek, produced by The Institute of National Remembrance. Everyone, who visited us, could explore two temporary exhibitions: „Passports for Life” and “Paszporty” (prepared by Polish Embassy in Bern and the Pilecki Institute). Documents from the Eiss Archive are unique elements in this exhibition. They refer to the collection of records and related memorabilia documenting the rescue by Polish diplomats of Jews threatened by the Holocaust during World War II. Documents are from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum collections.