Carl Lutz: The Forgotten Hero

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This 92-minute feature documentary by Daniel von Aarburg tells the story of Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz (1895-1975), acting head of the Swiss Embassy in Budapest during World War II. Lutz negotiated a special deal with the Hungarian government and the Nazis, gaining permission to issue protective letters to 8,000 Hungarian Jews to emigrate to Palestine. He also set up “safe houses” around Budapest, declaring them annexes of the Swiss legation and thus off-limits to Hungarian forces or Nazi soldiers. However, his achievements were not immediately recognized in Switzerland. Soon after the war, he had been criticized by the government for having exceeded his authority and for missing expense receipts. Later, Lutz was "rehabilitated" in terms of public reputation, and his achievements were honored by the Swiss government. In 1965, he was recognized by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations.” Agnes Hirschi, his stepdaughter, retells the incredible story at the original locations in Hungary. The story is complemented by statements of contemporary witnesses from all around the world, including Houston survivor Alex Schlesinger. The film screening is sponsored by the Consulate of Switzerland. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To RSVP online, visit
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