Ignacy Schwarzbart

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Ignacy Schwarzbart (1888–1961) was a prominent Polish Zionist,[1] and one of two Jewish representatives on the Polish National Council of the Polish Government-in-Exile during the Second World War, along with Szmul Zygielbojm.[2]

Schwarzbart and Zygielbojm played key roles in highlighting reports of Nazi atrocities against Jews in occupied Poland.[3] In 1942 Schwarzbart held a press conference in London alleging that 1 million Jewish people had already been killed. The figures were reported in the media but were treated sceptically by both the British and by some other Polish politicians.[4]


  1. ^ Listing of the record groups in the Yad Vashem Archives, record group M2. See the site of Yad Vashem.
  2. ^ Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, book review of Dariusz Stola, Nadzieja i Zagłada: Ignacy Schwarzbart – zydowski przedstawiciel w Radzie Narodowej RP (1940-1945) (Warszawa: Oficyna Naukowa, 1995), in Intermarium Archived Issue, Volume 5, No. 3 (2002), site of the Columbia University.
  3. ^ http://www.ushmm.org/lectures/kalb.htm
  4. ^ http://www.remember.org/secrets/