Life Papers

In today’s prevailing psychological state of intolerance and discrimination, “Life Papers” is a sobering reminder of times in recent history when extreme ideology has engendered tragic consequences for humanity.

The movie tells the story of Colonel Arturo Castellanos, General Consul of the Republic of El Salvador in Geneva, Switzerland, during World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, Colonel Castellanos issued over thirteen thousand diplomatic documents granting Salvadoran Citizenship to Jewish families fleeing prosecution by the Nazis in Europe.

The “Life papers”, as they were known at the time, saved an estimated 40,000 Jews from extermination in the Nazi’s death camps. The documents were issued without financial compensation, against the express orders of Col. Castellanos superiors.