The Holocaust’s Foremost Unsung Hero


moshe-krausMoshe Kraus, who died in Yerushalayim in 1986, is responsible for the largest rescue operation during the Holocaust.

In 1944, Kraus orchestrated the granting of extraterritorial status to houses and factories in Budapest, Hungary, under the auspices of Switzerland, barring entry to Germans and the local Hungarian authorities, and housing thousands of Jews.

The Swiss embassy granted 40,000 Jews certificates making them foreign Swiss nationals. Tens of thousands of additional documents were forged while the Swiss turned a blind eye.

Young, brave Jews disguised as Nazi officers roamed the streets handing out these documents to Jews.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Do the Swiss people know that their government turned a blind eye? I always thought the Swiss were not helpful in saving yidden .