A Swiss diplomat has been credited with leading the largest civilian rescue operation of World War Two. But instead of being applauded for saving thousands of Jewish lives, he was reprimanded and – until recently – largely forgotten, as the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes reports.
In a suburb of Switzerland’s capital, Berne, there is a quiet street called Carl Lutz Weg.
Ask people passing by, and no one seems to know much about him.
Read the fine print on the street sign, though, and there is a clue: Swiss Vice-Consul to Budapest, 1942 to 1945.
There are more clues at the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs.
It holds bound volumes containing thousands of letters, each stamped by the government of Switzerland, each with photographs of families. The Geigers: Sandor, Istvan, Eva and Janos. Or the Brettlers: Izsak, Mina and Dora.
They are a record of Carl Lutz’s attempts to stop the Nazis deporting …