Carl Lutz collection

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EHRI Partner


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s International Archives Project in March 2017. The source of acquisition is the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Archiv für Zeitgeschichte (AfZ), Switzerland.

Scope and Content

Private papers of Carl Lutz (1895-1975), a Swiss Vice-Consul in Budapest (1942-1945). The collection contains a part of Lutz's papers (another part is held by the Yad Vashem Archives) and consists of biographical materials and personal documents: CV, honors, photographs, diaries, audio recordings, and correspondence, e.g. with the US Holocaust Museum, Washington DC (1989-1990), (File 137); diplomatic reports relating to Palestine (1934-1940), economic relations Switzerland-Palestine, the protection of German interests in Palestine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin (1941), and the situation in Hungary (1942-1945), including reports of the rescue operation, the Swiss Embassy in Budapest (Department for Foreigners Interests); documents of Alexander Grossman and Immanuel Leuschner; records of his travel as a delegate of the Lutheran World Federation (1950-1951,1959); records relating to the Swiss Consulate in Bregenz 1954-1961; correspondence with Felix Adler, Ernst Feiss, Miklos Horthy (with photos), the Lutz family, Benjamin Sagalowitz, Willy Spühler and others; and photographs, negatives and films relating to Carl Lutz's diplomatic career (USA, Switzerland, Palestine, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Austria).


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