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Polish president pays respect to war hero in Lucerne

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Oct. 10, 2018

The Polish president is in Switzerland and has laid a wreath at the tomb of a Polish war hero buried in Lucerne.

Pixabay Polish president pays respect to war hero in Lucerne

Andrzej Duda honored the former Polish Vice-Consul Konstanty Rokicki who served at the Polish embassy in Bern during the Second World War. The embassy was representing the Polish government in exile, based in London.

Rokicki helped thousands of Jews escape the Nazis by buying fake Paraguayan passports allowing them leave Europe.

After the war he decided to stay in Switzerland and died in Lucerne in 1958. It’s thought around 20 of those he helped are still alive. 

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