Selected records of the Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Legations of the Polish : Diplomatic Legation in Bern Poselstwo Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Bernie (Sygn.495)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2017.72.1
  • RG-15.525
1 Jan 1918 - 31 Dec 1945
Level of Description
  • Polish
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Extent and Medium

18,624 digital images, PDF


Archival History

Archiwum Akt Nowych


Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Source of acquisition is the Archiwum Akt Nowych w Warszawie, Poland, Sygn.495. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in March 2017, and accretion in Dec. 2017. This is a cooperative project based on the agreement between USHMM and Yad Vashem, Israel.

Scope and Content

Reports, correspondence, publications, notes and other documents related to the condition of national minorities in Poland, Switzerland and Europe, many records refer to Polish Jews. Also included are records related to condition of refugees and internees, as well as social relief and its organization by the Polish and International Red Cross, taking care of Polish citizens in Switzerland, passport documentation, matters related to searches for individuals and determining their whereabouts, political situation in Poland, registers of prisoners of war, and plans for Jewish emigration to Palestine and Dominican Republic.

System of Arrangement

Arranged in 17 series: 1. Reports and correspondence, 1940-1943: Social assistance for Poles in the country and Polish refugees in Europe and the USSR; 2. Reports of the General Consulate, 1940: Social assistance for Jewish refugees from Germany and Sudeten Czechoslovakia; 3. Reports, correspondence, publications, 1939-1944: Protection of the Civilian population during the WWII; efforts to bring to Switzerland a group of children from occupied Poland; help for people deported to Germany after the Warsaw Uprising; 4. Reports, correspondence and publications, 1938-1942: Social assistance for prisoners of war in camps in Germany (Stefan Gutkowski); 5. Reports and correspondence, 1939-1942: Social assistance for prisoners of war, interned, and civilian refugees in Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Hungary; 6. Correspondence, 1940: Social assistance for Jewish refugees in Switzerland; notifications of Leadership of Delegations of Jewish Organizations; 7. Reports, registrs of prisoners of war and correspondence, 1943-1945: Organization of international aid (International Red Cross, YMCA, Polish American Council, Polish War Relief); 8. Correspondence, 1939: International Tribunals (Court of International Justice in The Hague, Court of Arbitration for Upper Silesia); 9. Correspondence, reports and memorandums, 1939: Palestine-internal situation and the problem of country partition (Zionist Congress in Geneva); 10. Reports and correspondence, 1938- Emigration of national minorities, Jews. Emigration to Palestine. Possibility of Jewish emigration to the Dominican Republic; 11. Correspondence, 1918-1920: Assistance to Poles in Switzerland (files organized alphabetically); activities of Polish organizations (Christian Women's Association, Polish-American Committee, etc.); 12. Correspondence, instructions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1939, 1942-1944: Diplomatic interventions in the interests of individuals; passports and visas of Polish citizens abroad; 13. Correspondence and notes, 1939-1944, internal political situation in Poland; 14. Correspondence, applications and certificates, 1940-1944: Loans, gratuities and other consular matters of refugees - Polish citizens, mainly Jews, residing in Switzerland (Files organized alphabetically by last names); 15. Correspondence, reports, accounts, lists of sent goods and medicines, 1939-1945: care of prisoners of war and refugees in various countries by the Polish Red Cross, the International Red Cross in Geneva, and other organizations and individuals; 16. Correspondence, notes, 1939-1949: Searching for people and establishing their addresses; 17. Correspondence, 1939-1945: National minorities in Poland. Acknowledgments to the Polish diplomats in Switzerland for helping to save the Jews.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Państwowych


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