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  • Swedish Parliamentarian Presented Bill for Raoul Wallenberg Day

    Birgitta Olsson, Liberal Party MP, presented the Swedish Parliament with a bill to declare Raoul Wallenberg Day in Sweden, the home country of the diplomat whose humanitarian efforts saved tens of thousands of lives in Hungary during World War II. Wallenberg led a mission in 1944 to rescue 100,000 Jews after the Nazi invasion of [...]

  • Night of the Broken Glass

    Sixty-eight years ago on Nov. 9, storm troopers and ordinary citizens in a thousand German cities ransacked Jewish homes and stores, destroying buildings with sledgehammers and beating innocent people. The horror that would be called Kristallnacht, or Night of the Broken Glass, sent 30,000 Jewish men to concentration camps and foreshadowed the atrocities of the [...]

  • Ballads and stories embrace the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg

    Renowned Swedish folk musician Ben Olander brought music, pictures, and an inspirational message to Svenska kyrkan (Church of Sweden) and Yeshiva Har Torah school in New York on Nov. 14. The singer’s ballads and stories embrace the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from certain death [...]

  • Catholic Saved Thousands during Holocaust

    In honor of Father Marie Benoit’s actions to save thousands of lives during the Holocaust, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) sponsored a Mass on Dec. 1, the fortieth anniversary of Benoit’s designation as a ”Righteous Among the Nations” at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. Members of the IRWF gathered in the Church’s [...]

  • Holocaust survivor and panelists remember Italian righteous

    Holocaust survivor Walter Wolff earned a standing ovation for the inspirational account he shared at an Oct. 17 symposium on Italians who risked their lives to help persecuted Jews. He praised the Italians who helped him flee Nazi Germany and hid him in their homes, and he exhorted the full auditorium at the Center for [...]

  • ‘Nostra Aetate’ Commemoration Recalls Pope John XXIII’s Legacy

    With the prominence of religious tension and divisiveness in today’s global affairs, this Oct. 28 marks a significant anniversary for all people coming to terms with diversity of beliefs and practices. Forty-one years ago, the Second Vatican Council issued ”Nostra Aetate,” a declaration on the Catholic Church’s position toward non-Christian religions. Commissioned by Pope John [...]