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The White Bus Rescue Action Story

At the end of WWII, in the spring of 1945, The White Bus Rescue Action rescued approx. 17,500 Holocaust survivors.

The rescue action was organized by Count Folke Bernadotte, VP of Red Cross Sweden, together with the Danish and the Norwegian Exile Government.

The buses were painted white by request of the Allied forces to avoid being attacked during air raids against the Nazis.

The White Buses were also marked with the Swedish flag and the Red Cross emblem to make them recognizable.

The Swedish Red Cross expedition to the German concentration camps in March–April 1945 was the largest rescue effort inside Germany during WWII.

Learn about the initial plans and also about the back side of this incredible journey.

Meet Wanda Hjort Heger, a young Norwegian woman and find out how her small actions turned out to be invaluable for the rescue action to take place.

Thanks to the rescue action, Zygmont Lakocinski, was able to create the Ravensbruck archive where 500 Polish women gave their stories shortly after liberation.

You will learn little know details that made this rescue action possible, an inspiring story where just a few hundred Humans risked their lives and brought thousands of people in need back to safety.

We will share old footage of the buses in action taken from the Award winning Director Magnus Gertten’s film “Harbour of Hope.”

Where Holocaust survivors arriving in Malmo, Sweden and get to re-live the moment of freedom 70 years later.

Part of this presentation is a recent interview by Elsie a 95-year-old American-born Roman Catholic that was rescued by the White Buses from Ravensbruck.


Learn more about the White Bus Rescue Action