Before God Averts His Eyes is the only biography of Aleksander Ładoś, the leader of the Bernese Group which saved Jews during the Second World War.
Aleksander Ładoś took part in the fight for Polish independence, and during the Second Polish Republic became the youngest diplomat of the newly created Polish state. After the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1920, Ładoś negotiated the Peace of Riga. As the Polish consul in Munich, he anxiously observed the birth of Nazism. After the May Coup in Poland, he found himself on the margins of public life. He was a critic of Polish foreign policy, having warned that any authorities who raise their hands against their fellow citizens, would lead the country to disaster. After the outbreak of the Second World War, Ładoś returned to politics as a minister in the government formed by General Sikorski. He was a fervent critic of the so-called “Polish hell” in the circles of Polish emigration. From the second half of 1940 until the end of the war, he was the actual ambassador of Poland to Switzerland (in the rank of chargé d’affaires). As a leader of the so-called Bernese Group (also called the Ładoś Group), he saved hundreds of Jews from the Shoah by issuing false passports of South American countries.
The biography of Aleksander Ładoś offers an interesting perspective on the events of the years from 1914 to 1945. The book includes quotations from his diaries, which have yet to be published.
Commentaries by Ładoś are still surprisingly relevant, and provoke the reader to think critically: As Poles, are we able to defend our independence without changing our mentality?
“This is a book about a man who was not without imagination and courage in times when most people averted their eyes from evil. It is a story of a man who came to know four states of Poland: partitioned Poland, interwar Poland, occupied Poland, and Communist Poland. This could not make for a banal life story”.
Michał Potocki, Zbigniew Parafianowicz, „Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”
The meeting will be accompanied by a film screening of the documentary „Sprawy paszportowe. Aleksander Ładoś – zapomniany Sprawiedliwy” (Passport Cases. Aleksander Ładoś, the Forgotten Righteous), by Roland Dubiel.
The meeting will be held with Dr. Sebastian Ładoś, the author of the book Before God Averts His Eyes and Dr. Robert Borkowski, historian and consultant for the film Passport Cases. Aleksander Ładoś, the Forgotten Righteous.
Led by: Dr. Edyta Gawron