Records of Ignacy Schwarzbart Akta Ignacego Szwarzbarta (Sygn. 543)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2015.156.1
  • RG-15.374
1 Jan 1937 - 31 Dec 1940
Level of Description
  • Polish
  • Yiddish
  • French
  • English
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

846 digital images, PDF


Biographical History

Ignacy Schwarzbart (1888–1961) was a prominent Polish Zionist, and one of two Jewish representatives on the Polish National Council of the Polish Government-in-Exile during the Second World War, along with Szmul Zygielbojm. Schwarzbart and Zygielbojm played key roles in highlighting reports of Nazi atrocities against Jews in occupied Poland. In 1942 Schwarzbart held a press conference in London alleging that 1 million Jewish people had already been killed. The figures were reported in the media but were treated sceptically by both the British and by some other Polish politicians.

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, Poland, Sygn. 543. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in 2015.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, notes, press clippings, articles, regulations, speeches, reports, and correspondence. Materials relate to the following subjects: Aid rendered by Schwarzbart to the Jewish emigrants and war refugees from Poland; Jewish emigration, editing of the Jewish newspaper “The Future” in France in 1940 and newspapers in other countries; and Schwartzbart’s activity in the National Council of the Republic of Poland in France during 1939-1940.

System of Arrangement

Arranged in three series: 1. International contacts for helping Jewish people in Great Britain. Palestine, Switzerland, US, Belgium, Holland, Italy, and Poland, 1937-1940; 2. Correspondence, requests for visas, documents of Jewish affairs abroad; 3. Various newspapers, clippings, brochures and photographs related to Jewish matters.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Państwowych


Corporate Bodies



This description is derived directly from structured data provided to EHRI by a partner institution. This collection holding institution considers this description as an accurate reflection of the archival holdings to which it refers at the moment of data transfer.