The Forgers: The Forgotten Story of the Holocaust's Most Audacious Rescue Operation

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The Forgers: The Forgotten Story of the Holocaust's Most Audacious Rescue Operation

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The secret history of one of the largest—and least-known—rescue operations of World War II  

Between 1940 and 1943, a group of Polish diplomats in Switzerland engaged in a wholly remarkable—and until now, completely unknown—humanitarian operation. In concert with Jewish activists, they masterminded a systematic program of forging passports and identity documents for Latin American countries, which were then smuggled into German-occupied Europe to save the lives of thousands of Jews facing extermination in the Holocaust. 

With the international community failing to act, the operation was one of the largest actions to aid Jews of the entire war. The Forgers tells this extraordinary story for the first time. We follow the desperate bids of Jews to obtain these lifesaving documents as the Nazi death machine draws ever closer. And we witness the quiet heroism of a group of ordinary men who decided to do something rather than nothing and saved thousands of lives. 

Roger Moorhouse is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw. The author of several books on World War II history, including Poland 1939 (winner of the Polish Foreign Ministry History Prize), Berlin at War (shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Prize), and The Devils’ Alliance, he lives in the United Kingdom.  

ISBN: 9781541619852

ISBN-10: 9781541619852

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 10/17/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/17/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 352

Language: English

Categories

History / Modern / 20th Century / Holocaust

History / Jewish

History / Europe / Poland

History / Wars & Conflicts / World War II