US Hungary Embassy honors Jew-saving diplomat

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December 13, 2006 17:02

 
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The US ambassador to Hungary on Wednesday unveiled a memorial to Carl Lutz, a Swiss diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Lutz was the Swiss vice consul in Budapest in 1942-1945 and looked after the interests of the United States, Britain and other countries that had severed diplomatic relations with Hungary because of the war. Lutz set up his office in the US Embassy building, where he and his colleagues issued letters of safe passage to Jews, helped thousands of them emigrate to Palestine and declared dozens of buildings housing Jews to be under Swiss protection.

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