Diplomats for the Damned

As Hitler rolled across Europe, millions of Jews and political enemies of the Third Reich were maliciously exterminated. Yet many more would have died were it not for the bravery of a few gentile foreign service diplomats. Years before D-Day, men like Switzerland’s Carl Lutz, Portugal’s Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Hiram Bingham of the U.S., and Germany’s George Ferdinand Duckwitz secretly issued visas, falsified papers, and cut backroom deals to rescue the damned from the Nazi clutch.

This film brings to light the stories of unsung heroes like Carl Lutz of Switzerland, Aristides de Sousa Mendes of Portugal, Hiram Bingham of the United States and George Ferdinand Duckwitz of Germany. By issuing visas, falsifying papers and cutting backroom deals, they risked their careers and lives in their lonely, noble crusades to rescue the condemned from the clutches of the Nazi regime.

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