Large wooden crate used by Zegota to hide false documents

Large wooden crate used by Żegota to hide false documents

This large, lidded wooden chest was used by the Council for Aid to Jews (codenamed “Żegota”) to hide false identity documents from Nazi authorities.

Żegota was an underground rescue organization of Poles and Jews in German-occupied Poland and operated from December 1942 to January 1945. Supported by the Polish government-in-exile, it coordinated efforts to save Jews in German-occupied Poland from Nazi persecution and murder. One of Żegota’s most impactful clandestine activities was producing and providing Jews with fake identification documents to help them evade the German authorities. Creating high-quality, convincing forgeries required dozens of people to work together clandestinely at great risk to themselves and their families.


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